Unitywater has commenced consultation for Water Matters to guide how water supply and sewerage services are delivered, key waterway catchments are managed, and new and sustainable options are explored in future.

Unitywater Executive Manager Sustainable Infrastructure Solutions Amanda Creevey said community input would help develop the total water cycle management approach and contribute to sustainable development, resilience and prosperity.

“We’re part of a growing population and as an essential service provider, we need to ensure we can continue to meet the needs of our customers now and in the decades to come, while improving the liveability of the communities we service,” Ms Creevey said.

“Through Water Matters, we’ll consider all the elements for managing water and sewage through each stage of the water life cycle.

“We’ll also look ahead to how we can explore options for potable water, recycled water, storm water run-off and natural waterways.         

“Being home to four key catchments, including Burgess Creek, Maroochy River, Mooloolah River and North Pumicestone Passage, we’ll also be considering how we manage and protect the water resources they contain to ensure generations to come can enjoy them.”

Ms Creevey said input obtained will be considered in future drafts and five-year plans that will underpin its delivery.

“Planning for our water future will be ongoing and reviewed regularly to ensure we’re working towards the agreed outcomes for 2051,” she said.

"Water Matters will help lay the foundations for the way forward, but future challenges we’ll need to consider as part of our reviews will include changes in climate forecasts, waterway health and population growth.

“There’s lot to factor in when it comes to our water future, but it’s important our options are aligned with our community’s values.

“That’s why we’re urging everyone to get involved and have their say so collectively, we can all ensure a healthy, liveable and sustainable future.”

To have your say on our water future, visit communityhub.unitywater.com/water-matters

Water Matters is being developed in partnership with Sunshine Coast Council, Noosa Council and Seqwater.