Today, the ACT Minister for the Environment Simon Corbell MLA and the Commonwealth Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for the Environment Bob Baldwin MP launched an online survey asking Canberrans and residents of surrounding councils how they use their lakes and waterways and what they think of water quality.
Lakes, rivers and wetlands (waterways) are important for many reasons: their environmental values, the water they supply, and the many recreational opportunities they provide, to name a few. This survey asks about your views on waterways and water quality in your region, and about the things you do that can affect water quality.
The findings will inform design of strategies to improve water quality and to maintain and enhance the social benefits of waterways. The survey is being conducted in the Australian Capital Territory and the New South Wales local government areas of Queanbeyan, Yass, Cooma-Monaro, and Palerang. It is being carried out by researchers from the University of Canberra.
The survey will take 15-20 minutes to complete, and participants can enter a prize draw to win one of 9 gift cards. First prize is a $1,000 gift card, with 8 runner-up $500 gift cards. See the prize draw terms and conditions. You'll be sent a summary of survey results if you wish. If you need assistance or have any questions while completing the survey, please call the University of Canberra on 1800 981 499.
The study is funded by two initiatives: the ACT Basin Priority Project, which seeks to improve the quality of water flowing from urban and rural areas into catchments within and outside the ACT, and the ACT and Region Catchment Management Coordination Group. It is supported by multiple organisations, including the ACT government, the National Capital Authority, Cooma-Monaro Shire Council, Icon Water, Palerang Council, Queanbeyan City Council, South East Local Land Services and Yass Valley Council.