Awards flow for Baysy

THE future of Maylands Waterland might be a bit murky, but Bayswater council picked up two gongs for sustainable water management this month.

The city won the inaugural Waterwise Council Community Choice Award for its Russell Street Park project, with the vote left in the hands of the public.

The project saw the city partner with state government departments to convert an old stormwater drain into a series of living streams and a pop-up ninja park.

The city was also awarded Gold Waterwise status for the second year.

• City of Bayswater Catchment Management Officer Rebecca Ferguson, Mayor Dan Bull and Environmental Sustainability Strategy Officer Jennie Arts with the city’s awards.

“The city has brought various water management agencies together to work towards a common goal – improving the quality of water flowing into the Swan River,” Bayswater mayor Dan Bull said.

“This big-picture thinking is one of the reasons our council continues to receive recognition in the area of environment and sustainability.

“The great thing about our Russell Street Park project is that it has been successful in both improving water quality and providing the community with a unique recreational space to enjoy.

“And winning the community choice award tells us we’re not the only ones who think so.”

The Waterwise program – a partnership between the Water Corporation and the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation – helps councils improve their water efficiency and sustainability.

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