Water Sensitive Strategic Plan

Consultation has concluded

Water Workshops: Help to create a city that is more water friendly.

The workshops will look at

  • Ways to protect local waterways from stormwater damage and become a more water efficient community;
  • ‘Water sensitive’ success stories from Australia and overseas; and
  • Ideas for local projects to include in Council’s Water Sensitive Blue Mountains Strategic Plan.

Workshop options

  • 30 October: 7pm-9pm - Lawson
  • 31 October: 9:30am-12.30pm - Katoomba
  • 31 October: 7pm-9pm - Springwood

To secure your place at one of the above workshops go to: watersensitivecityworkshops.eventbrite.com.au


The draft Water Sensitive Blue Mountains Strategic Plan aims to set the future direction of how Council manages our city’s waterways and water resources.

Blue Mountains waterways are some of the most beautiful in Australia. They sustain a unique diversity of animals and plants, feed into vital water supplies, and are great places to visit and enjoy. For Darug and Gundungurra people, water is the lifeblood of Ngurra (Country).

However, our waterways are facing increasing pressures—from urban development, stormwater runoff and climate change. In 2017, water monitoring by Council showed that 39% of our waterways are in poor to fair health. Challenges such as climate change and population growth in Greater Sydney also mean we need to rethink the way we use and value our water resources.

There are opportunities for Council to build on its track record in water management, by managing water in our city in a more ‘Water Sensitive’ way. This entails being more water efficient, harvesting and reusing water, championing best-practice stormwater management and building community water literacy. A water sensitive approach will help us protect our World Heritage waterways, build resilience to climate change and enhance our quality of life.

We believe water is central to discussions about the future of our city. We encourage you to be part of the conversation and have your say.

Water Workshops: Help to create a city that is more water friendly.

The workshops will look at

  • Ways to protect local waterways from stormwater damage and become a more water efficient community;
  • ‘Water sensitive’ success stories from Australia and overseas; and
  • Ideas for local projects to include in Council’s Water Sensitive Blue Mountains Strategic Plan.

Workshop options

  • 30 October: 7pm-9pm - Lawson
  • 31 October: 9:30am-12.30pm - Katoomba
  • 31 October: 7pm-9pm - Springwood

To secure your place at one of the above workshops go to: watersensitivecityworkshops.eventbrite.com.au


The draft Water Sensitive Blue Mountains Strategic Plan aims to set the future direction of how Council manages our city’s waterways and water resources.

Blue Mountains waterways are some of the most beautiful in Australia. They sustain a unique diversity of animals and plants, feed into vital water supplies, and are great places to visit and enjoy. For Darug and Gundungurra people, water is the lifeblood of Ngurra (Country).

However, our waterways are facing increasing pressures—from urban development, stormwater runoff and climate change. In 2017, water monitoring by Council showed that 39% of our waterways are in poor to fair health. Challenges such as climate change and population growth in Greater Sydney also mean we need to rethink the way we use and value our water resources.

There are opportunities for Council to build on its track record in water management, by managing water in our city in a more ‘Water Sensitive’ way. This entails being more water efficient, harvesting and reusing water, championing best-practice stormwater management and building community water literacy. A water sensitive approach will help us protect our World Heritage waterways, build resilience to climate change and enhance our quality of life.

We believe water is central to discussions about the future of our city. We encourage you to be part of the conversation and have your say.

Consultation has concluded
  • Key aims of the Water Sensitive Strategic Plan

    over 1 year ago

    The key aims are:
    • to protect our natural water resources and care for Ngurra (Country);
    • to manage our water resources and assets more efficiently and sustainably;
    • to deliver better outcomes for the city with regards to water security, liveability, flood risk management, climate change resilience, waterway health, aquatic biodiversity, water literacy and connected communities;
    • to mitigate the impact of urban development on our waterways through best practice stormwater management; and
    • to ensure the quality and quantity of surface and groundwater is not diminished.

    The key aims are:
    • to protect our natural water resources and care for Ngurra (Country);
    • to manage our water resources and assets more efficiently and sustainably;
    • to deliver better outcomes for the city with regards to water security, liveability, flood risk management, climate change resilience, waterway health, aquatic biodiversity, water literacy and connected communities;
    • to mitigate the impact of urban development on our waterways through best practice stormwater management; and
    • to ensure the quality and quantity of surface and groundwater is not diminished.
  • Why we need this plan

    over 1 year ago

    Blue Mountains waterways are facing increasing pressures from urban development and climate change. We need a strategic and coordinated approach to water management to secure the health of our waterways, and the quality and quantity of local water resources.

    Blue Mountains waterways are facing increasing pressures from urban development and climate change. We need a strategic and coordinated approach to water management to secure the health of our waterways, and the quality and quantity of local water resources.

  • Have your say on the draft plan HERE

    over 1 year ago

    To view the Draft Water Sensitive Strategic Plan please click here.

    To make a submission on the Draft Water Sensitive Strategic Plan please click here.

    To view the Draft Water Sensitive Strategic Plan please click here.

    To make a submission on the Draft Water Sensitive Strategic Plan please click here.