Water Journal : Water Journal November 2016
www.awa.asn.au 63 from our land. It allows us to connect with more diverse stakeholders and make smaller, quicker changes as desired by local communities. It has helped to increase engagement in a liveability-focused approach across the organisation, with the development of multiple land use policies, structured referral systems and collaboration between a number of teams, which has seen Melbourne Water able to use many tracts of land for multiple benefits, rather than just being managed for a single asset requirement. It has also allowed Melbourne Water to be more open and transparent with data sharing, and increase collaboration with other agencies with regards to land availability to improve joint decision-making and the delivery of shared services. This, in turn, has allowed Melbourne Water's land to support the broader community outcomes we are pursuing for our liveability goals -- increasing opportunities for active transport, recreation, urban cooling, a sense of place and a sense of community. Over and above our traditional role to ensure public health and safety through water, sewerage and drainage systems, Melbourne Water's land is now directly contributing to improving physical and mental wellbeing for communities in a rapidly densifying Melbourne. This is occurring via changes to the physical environment, such as creating more accessible, attractive places and increasing greening and contact with nature, as well as opportunities for social connection within local communities. For more information, visit www.melbournewater.com.au/ ourspaceyourplace Kathryn Naylor is a Senior Liveability Planner at Melbourne Water. To read the full article, visit the Water e-Journal at bit.ly/e-Journal Melbourne Water's land is now directly contributing to improving physical and mental wellbeing for communities in a rapidly densifying Melbourne.
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