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Consultation process to inform the Urban Water Directions Statement

To facilitate discussions and seek feedback from key stakeholders on South Australia’s future directions for urban water management, the Department for Environment and Water prepared a discussion paper: Setting our future urban water directions: Delivering integrated urban water management for the benefit of South Australia.

Setting our future urban water directions provided an overview of the urban water management issues facing South Australia’s urban areas and summarised some challenges and potential opportunities associated with: water supply planning; providing for flood mitigation and other stormwater management services that will be needed in the future; and ensuring water strongly contributes to our cities and towns as healthy, green and climate resilient places.

In addition to the paper, three support papers were also released that contained more detailed information. These were:

The papers included some questions designed to elicit responses on the issues the papers covered and provided opportunities for stakeholders to raise any further issues that they considered important regarding the future management of South Australia’s urban water resources and services.

Setting our future urban water directions and the three support papers were released in August 2021 to key state agencies, the Local Government Association (and South Australian local government sector through an LGA circular), urban water industry practitioners, and non-government organisations with an interest in the role that water plays in supporting South Australia’s social and economic development and the protection of our natural environment. Several forums were also held as part of this process.

Further details on the consultation process, a list of those organisations which provided feedback, and a high-level summary of feedback received from the consultation process, is available in the Consultation report - Urban Water Directions Statement.