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Furthering our mission…. delivering outcomes Our purpose: “to support WA’s growth and development by managing the availability and quality of water sustainably.

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2 Furthering our mission…. delivering outcomes Our purpose: “to support WA’s growth and development by managing the availability and quality of water sustainably - now and for the future” Focus on water security and river health Rigorous science; innovation; active stakeholder engagement; finding solutions for better water use

3 Summary 2012 – Government announces salinity levels below WHO drinking guidelines From the 70s to the 2005 Premier’s Award to now Kent-Denmark Recovery Team and industry and community partnerships

4 How the river became salty Trees use water When removed, saline groundwater rises and connects to the stream Salt is mobilised

5 Leadership; innovative solutions Innovative science for solutions Key driver – Kent-Denmark Recovery Team from 1998 Pioneered 5 stage recovery approach 20 years work with diverse stakeholders

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7 Social/economic/environmental impacts Fresh Denmark water critical during dry periods Plantations established without major Government expenditure with water benefit up to $7000 per ha Private investment and the economic value of drinkable water saves millions of dollars Benefits from community/industry/government partnerships

8 Environmental outcomes Great benefits for river’s fauna and flora Increased biodiversity including green corridors for birds Farm plans integrating agriculture and the environment

9 Balancing development and resources Salinity measures used where effective – telemetered monitoring and satellite data No need for short term solutions like water carting or expensive desalination Risk managed through rigorous science

10 Testimonials, media, awards “…this application put forward by the department recognising its leadership and achievements in reversing the salinity in the Denmark River, to a point where the water in that river is now considered fresh, aligns with our community’s aspirations and vision for the health of this river” – Dale Stewart, CEO, Shire of Denmark


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