• New scheme to help create sustainable Waterwise verges
  • Guidelines also developed to help local government promote creation of Waterwise verges in communities

Creating attractive, sustainable Waterwise verges is becoming easier with the Water Corporation launching a new incentive scheme and best practice guidelines.

Water Minister Mia Davies said the Liberal National Government supported the Waterwise Verge Incentive scheme and Waterwise Verge Best Practice Guidelines, which would help Waterwise councils to promote low water use verge gardens in communities.

"Through the scheme, Waterwise councils will be eligible to receive up to $10,000 a year to support their own Waterwise verge incentive schemes," Ms Davies said.

"A well designed Waterwise verge contributes to the visual aesthetic of streets, increases the thermal performance of houses and provides ecological benefits, such as providing habitat for local wildlife and promoting biodiversity.

"The new guidelines and incentive scheme will balance this with the wise use of water.  This is an important step in ensuring our communities continue to adapt to the drying climate."

The Waterwise Verge Best Practice Guidelines were developed in consultation with local government and the landscape industry, incorporating learnings from previous verge policies and best practice landscape design principles.

"These guidelines are available from the corporation's website and can be used by local governments across the State," the Minister said.

"They provide a benchmark for local governments to create sustainable, Waterwise verge policies for ratepayers."

The incentive scheme is available to endorsed Waterwise councils with a verge policy consistent with the Waterwise Verge Best Practice Guidelines.

Fact File

  • The Waterwise Verge Best Practice Guidelines provide a benchmark for local governments to create sustainable Waterwise verges in their areas
  • The Waterwise Verge Incentive scheme is available to all endorsed Waterwise councils
  • The incentive scheme will have two funding rounds in 2016-17.For gardens established in winter 2016 (July 1, 2016-October 30, 2016), applications for funding will open in November 2016.For gardens established autumn 2017 (April 1, 2017-June 30, 2017), applications for funding will open in June 2017
  • The scheme will be offered for three years, subject to take-up rates
  • For more information, visit http://watercorporation.com.au/waterwiseverges

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