Community consultation was a key input to developing the 2010 Metropolitan Water Plan. Two phases of community consultation were undertaken as part of the review of the 2006 Metropolitan Water Plan to ensure community participation in developing the new plan was meaningful.
Two phases of community consultation were undertaken as part of the review of the 2006 Metropolitan Water Plan to ensure community participation in developing the new plan was meaningful.
The Metropolitan Water Independent Review Panel provided advice on how community views could best be integrated into ongoing planning for the supply and demand balance. Panel members also attended community engagement workshops to provide insight, expert knowledge and oversight to our consultation process.
Community planning principles were developed from the findings of the Phase 1 consultation and validated during Phase 2. These principles continue to underpin the way in which the 2010 Metropolitan Water Plan is delivered.
The objective of Phase 1 of the community consultation was to establish the values of high priority to the community and stakeholders in planning for Sydney’s water future.
There was strong consistency in the findings across all the workshops, online survey and existing research. Three key values emerged:
The completed findings from Phase 1 were condensed into seven key planning principles, which were used in assessing options during Phase 2 of the consultation and now underpin the way in which the 2010 plan is delivered.
The first phase of the community consultation included 10 workshops across greater Sydney, on values and attitudes to water use and management.
Phase 2 of the community input was run in late 2009. The aim was to involve the community in discussion around the proposed supply and demand management options for the 2010 Metropolitan Water Plan, including consideration of the community planning principles developed from the findings of Phase 1.
Phase 2 involved three one-day workshops; two attended by community representatives and one with stakeholders and opinion leaders (participants from Phase 1 were invited to participate in Phase 2 – 70 percent attended).
The key findings included: