Wollondilly Council seeks feedback on plan to protect shire's waterways

Potholes at Tahmoor
Potholes at Tahmoor

There is no doubt that Wollondilly is home to some of the region's most scenic waterways.

From Potholes and Mermaids Pool at Tahmoor to Thirlmere Lakes at Thirlmere and Stonequarry Creek at Picton.

These waterways are home to a wide range of flora and fauna, including threatened species.

They also provide recreational swimming spaces for locals and visitors.

Wollondilly Council environment manager Alex Stengl said the council was keen to conserve these natural water sources and was seeking community input to develop an integrated water management strategy.

"It is important to understand the significance of our waterways to the community and to manage and protect these into the future," she said.

"Wollondilly is experiencing increasing growth which will impact the water quality and supply, biodiversity, recreation and climate resilience."

Ms Stengl said the council wanted to know what the community valued most about the shire's waterways.

"Resident feedback will inform the level of protection given to our waterways and water conservation in the development of the strategy," she said.

The integrated water management strategy will aim to protect the health of the aquatic ecosystems and add value to liveability, recreation, biodiversity, climate resilience and flood management.

The intention is to minimise the long-term resource and cost burden on council, the community and other stakeholders as well as promoting water conservation and reuse.

Wollondilly Council has developed some survey questions to give residents the opportunity to have their say on this important issue.

To take the survey, visit: www.yoursay.wollondilly.nsw.gov.au.