Wa­ter pro­ject

The Weekly Advertiser Horsham - - News -

Wim­mera devel­op­ment, catch­ment, wa­ter and lo­cal gov­ern­ment have joined forces to study the so­cio-eco­nomic value of re­cre­ation and en­vi­ron­ment wa­ter to the Wim­mera and south­ern Mallee.

Wim­mera Devel­op­ment As­so­ci­a­tion is work­ing with pro­ject part­ners Wim­mera Catch­ment Man­age­ment Author­ity, Gwmwa­ter and West Wim­mera Shire, Hind­marsh Shire, Yar­ri­ambi­ack Shire, Hor­sham Ru­ral City, North­ern Grampians Shire and Bu­loke Shire coun­cils.

The pro­ject will in­volve com­mu­nity groups to cat­a­logue and quan­tify the so­cial and eco­nomic ben­e­fits of recre­ational and en­vi­ron­men­tal wa­ter.

Wim­mera Devel­op­ment As­so­ci­a­tion pro­ject of­fi­cer Mark Fletcher said Dim­boola Row­ing Re­gatta was a prime ex­am­ple of an event that in­volved recre­ational wa­ter and brought sub­stan­tial fi­nan­cial ben­e­fits to the town.

“Var­i­ous camp­grounds and ad­join­ing lakes bring and at­tract campers and an­glers to the re­gion, from both within and out­side the state,” he said.

Mr Fletcher said one of the pro­ject aims was to es­tab­lish a base-line data set and con­sis­tent mea­sure­ment meth­ods that would al­low for a ‘lon­gi­tu­di­nal’ study to iden­tify sea­sonal pat­terns in com­ing years.

“Once col­lected and an­a­lysed the in­for­ma­tion will pro­vide a bet­ter un­der­stand­ing of the eco­nomic im­pact of en­vi­ron­men­tal and recre­ational wa­ter as well as the so­cial ben­e­fits that these re­sources pro­vide to the com­mu­nity,” he said.

“We need to un­der­stand and mea­sure these val­ues so plan­ning for fu­ture tourism, recre­ational and in­fras­truc­ture fa­cil­i­ties can be iden­ti­fied.

“Pro­ject out­puts will also help demon­strate the lo­cal and re­gional im­pacts to both state and com­mon­wealth gov­ern­ments to at­tract sup­port and fund­ing for fur­ther devel­op­ment of in­fras­truc­ture and ser­vices as­so­ci­ated with recre­ational wa­ter.” Street Ryan Pty Ltd is pro­ject con­sul­tant. Work has started to de­velop a se­ries of ques­tion­naires to share with re­gional man­age­ment com­mit­tees, sport­ing clubs and oth­ers likely to have an in­volve­ment in recre­ational wa­ter ac­tiv­ity.

Peo­ple can com­plete a sur­vey on Wim­mera Devel­op­ment As­so­ci­a­tion web­site www.wda.org.au.

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