Constraints and Opportunities for Management of Urban Waterways

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Constraints and Opportunities for Management of Urban Waterways to Achieve Multiple Benefits Beth Salt

Constraints and Opportunities for Management of Urban Waterways to Achieve Multiple Benefits Beth Salt Program Manager, Georges Riverkeeper SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA | 14 -18 October 2018 MANAGED BY

The Georges Riverkeeper Best practice environmental management for a liveable urban river. SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA

The Georges Riverkeeper Best practice environmental management for a liveable urban river. SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA | 14 -18 October 2018 MANAGED BY

+ home to 1. 4 million people The Georges River Catchment SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA |

+ home to 1. 4 million people The Georges River Catchment SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA | 14 -18 October 2018 MANAGED BY

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA | 14 -18 October 2018 MANAGED BY

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA | 14 -18 October 2018 MANAGED BY

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA | 14 -18 October 2018 MANAGED BY

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA | 14 -18 October 2018 MANAGED BY

Local Councils / State Gov’t SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA | 14 -18 October 2018 MANAGED BY

Local Councils / State Gov’t SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA | 14 -18 October 2018 MANAGED BY

Program Review • Management and Implementation Plan 2009 • Georges Riverkeeper Strategic Plan 2018

Program Review • Management and Implementation Plan 2009 • Georges Riverkeeper Strategic Plan 2018 – 2022 • Review of Council’s River Management Practices SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA | 14 -18 October 2018 MANAGED BY

Methodology 1. Documentation review 2. Online survey to assess knowledge of local waterways 3.

Methodology 1. Documentation review 2. Online survey to assess knowledge of local waterways 3. Targeted workshops to assess knowledge of local waterways SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA | 14 -18 October 2018 MANAGED BY

1. Documentation Review • Existence of specific documents 5 • Currency of the documents

1. Documentation Review • Existence of specific documents 5 • Currency of the documents 4 • Completeness of the documents 3 • Quality relating to river management 2 • Level of knowledge of the document content (from face-to-face workshops) 1 • Level of ‘real-life’ implementation of the document (from face-toface workshops) 0 Council A Council B Example: Quality 1 Very poor 2 Poor content not up to same standard as similar documents from other Councils and/or below expected standards SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA | 14 -18 October 2018 3 Moderate 4 In-line with similar documents from other Councils and/or just meets expected standard High Better than similar documents from other Councils and/or is at the upper end of expected standard MANAGED BY 5 Excellent Best when compared with similar documents from other Councils and/or exceed expected standards

Types of Documentation • Annual Report (most recent) • Delivery and Operational plans (current)

Types of Documentation • Annual Report (most recent) • Delivery and Operational plans (current) • Environmental policies • Environmental plans • Environmental management systems • Environmental incident reporting procedures • Water quality monitoring plans / summarised results • Georges River management specific documents • External education/promotional materials relating to the Georges River • Internal staff training or educational materials relating to the river and stormwater management • Council and Senior Management meeting minutes relating to the river and stormwater management • Any other documents relevant to the management of the Georges River SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA | 14 -18 October 2018 MANAGED BY

Documentation Review - Annual Reports 25 20 Usefulness to staff 15 Staff Knowledge 10

Documentation Review - Annual Reports 25 20 Usefulness to staff 15 Staff Knowledge 10 Quality 5 0 u il A c n Co B Co u il nc il F il E il C il D il H il G c c c n n u u un un o o o C C C SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA | 14 -18 October 2018 MANAGED BY Completeness / comprehensive-ness Currency

Documentation Review Internal Incident & Hazard Reporting External Incident & Hazard Reporting 25 25

Documentation Review Internal Incident & Hazard Reporting External Incident & Hazard Reporting 25 25 20 20 15 15 10 10 5 5 0 0 il F cil G cil H il E il A cil B cil C cil D c c c un oun un o o C Co -25 Co C C 25 C A il nc u Co l G il F il E il C il B il D il H i c c c c un un o o o C C Co Co C Currency Completeness / comprehensive-ness Quality Staff Knowledge Degree of Implementation SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA | 14 -18 October 2018 MANAGED BY

2. Knowledge of local waterways Online Survey • The survey was to be sent

2. Knowledge of local waterways Online Survey • The survey was to be sent to all council staff to ascertain the knowledge of local waterways from a broad audience. SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA | 14 -18 October 2018 MANAGED BY

Knowledge of local waterways Online Survey • • Different distribution approaches by Councils which

Knowledge of local waterways Online Survey • • Different distribution approaches by Councils which resulted in 104 surveys being completed. Therefore the results and discussion was completed as a whole not Council by Council as anticipated. SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA | 14 -18 October 2018 MANAGED BY

Knowledge of local waterways Online Survey • working a council in their current position

Knowledge of local waterways Online Survey • working a council in their current position for more than 3 years • did not manage any staff 79% could name one to three waterways within their LGA SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA | 14 -18 October 2018 MANAGED BY

Knowledge of local waterways Online Survey Uses of the waterways – Most popular waterways

Knowledge of local waterways Online Survey Uses of the waterways – Most popular waterways used by respondents Bu MANAGED BY r ra R ive ee k Cr h W or on o ut So ct pe os Pr at ta C R i re ve ek r r R ive rra m Pa Ne pe an ive r g R in Ha ck ge s R ive r ek Ge or ck C re ive r SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA | 14 -18 October 2018 Du s R ok re ek Co at ta C am br Ca nb ur y C ur ra n Cr ee k % of respondents 100 90 80 70 60 50 40 30 20 10 0

Knowledge of local waterways Online Survey up dan St MANAGED BY r he Ot

Knowledge of local waterways Online Survey up dan St MANAGED BY r he Ot Fis hi ng l en m on En vir im m in ta g g Sw at in Bo rd i oa B P ng Ba rb ec ui Cy SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA | 14 -18 October 2018 ng g in o ad d le r p icn Ka y ak ick in e on g sid e al ng cli g a lo ng sid in th kin No al W g 100 90 80 70 60 50 40 30 20 10 0 g % of Respondents Uses of the waterways – Most popular uses of the waterways

Knowledge of local waterways Online Survey Uses of the waterways – Most important activities

Knowledge of local waterways Online Survey Uses of the waterways – Most important activities to the community 100% 80% 60% 0% 1 -10% ng Up P Sw bo im ar m di in ta l om en St an d- En vir hi Fis e gs Cy cle al on Bo ec u in g / p icn id at in g in ick gs id on k a l Ba rb W al g 10 -50% ng 20% g 50%+ e 40% SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA | 14 -18 October 2018 MANAGED BY Nil - 1%

Knowledge of local waterways Online Survey Threats to the waterways 100 Extreme risk to

Knowledge of local waterways Online Survey Threats to the waterways 100 Extreme risk to the river system as a whole 80 60 High risk to a large portion of the river 40 Moderate risk to a large portion of the river 20 SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA | 14 -18 October 2018 ru g in ish r f Moderate risk to small parts of the river No risk Ov e b oa ts e b y e C at im Cl se isk l r ha ng s . ica og ol Bi Hi st or ic co nt r. nc - i n tio Ur ba ni sa st ria l c on t. er Lit t du In St or m w at er 0 MANAGED BY

Knowledge of local waterways Online Survey Importance of Councils Role Extremely important / very

Knowledge of local waterways Online Survey Importance of Councils Role Extremely important / very effective across large parts of the river Very important / effective across large parts of the river 100% 80% 60% 40% at e w Moderately important / effective in some areas Not very important / only effective in a very limited way Co m m un ity St or m Lit t er m gn 0% t r m vo We gn ed t lu nt ee mg n rs Pl (b t a n u En fo ning shc rc co are e ) m Ca Co en ntro tc m t ls hm m un acti en vi ity t i m e ties d pr ov uca In e ti te rn men on al t C ou initi a n W as cil P tive s ol Lic tew i c at y en sin er m g o gn f i nd t us try 20% SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA | 14 -18 October 2018 MANAGED BY

3. Knowledge of local waterways Faceto-Face Workshops • More in-depth exploration of the same

3. Knowledge of local waterways Faceto-Face Workshops • More in-depth exploration of the same themes covered in the on-line surveys, but with a small number of staff who’s roles involved interaction with the river and catchment management. SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA | 14 -18 October 2018 MANAGED BY

Knowledge of local waterways Face-to-Face Workshops Perceptions of staff involved directly into waterway management

Knowledge of local waterways Face-to-Face Workshops Perceptions of staff involved directly into waterway management 20 18 16 14 12 10 8 6 4 2 0 Communication and community awareness Job specific focus il H un c il G Knowledge about the rivers and catchments in the Council area Co un c il F Co un c il E Co un c il D SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA | 14 -18 October 2018 Co un c il C Co un c il B Co un c Co Co un c il A Available tools and supporting documents MANAGED BY

Knowledge of local waterways Face-to-Face Workshops Perceptions of involved staff about the knowledge of

Knowledge of local waterways Face-to-Face Workshops Perceptions of involved staff about the knowledge of council staff more broadly 14 12 10 8 6 4 2 0 Communication and community awareness il H un c Co il G un c il F Co un c il E Co un c il D SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA | 14 -18 October 2018 Co un c il C Co un c il B Co un c Co Co un c il A Available tools and supporting documents Knowledge about the rivers and Catchments in the Council area MANAGED BY

 • • Take Home Messages Better documentation and support materials are required. Better

• • Take Home Messages Better documentation and support materials are required. Better internal processes for incident and hazard management is required. External communication to the public is required. Surveys demonstrated that respondents had a good knowledge of the waterways, community uses and values and threats. SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA | 14 -18 October 2018 MANAGED BY

 • • Conclusions Exceptional performance can be an example for implementation in other

• • Conclusions Exceptional performance can be an example for implementation in other Councils. Council staff are aware that: • • • Urban waterways are severely degraded Upstream an downstream impacts of Councils on each other Georges Riverkeeper can help to manage these issues across the catchment SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA | 14 -18 October 2018 MANAGED BY

Beth Salt Program Manager, Georges Riverkeeper M: 0439 629 698 E: bsalt@georgesriver. nsw. gov.

Beth Salt Program Manager, Georges Riverkeeper M: 0439 629 698 E: [email protected] nsw. gov. au SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA | 14 -18 October 2018 MANAGED BY