Monash Sustainable Development Institute’s Professor Rob Skinner has been named Lead Chair of the Andrews Government’s new Metropolitan and Regional Water Forums. The forums are part of the Government’s plans to put communities at the heart of storm and recycled water management for Victoria.
Professor Skinner will act as Lead Chair and Chair of the Werribee Region catchment to help guide community discussion and ensure local voices are heard in the government’s Integrated Water Management Framework. The framework will help government organisations work with the community on urban water management, water supply, wastewater, flood resilience, waterway health and to develop healthy recreational spaces.
The Integrated Water Management Framework is part of the Government’s Water for Victoria plan – a long-term plan to boost water security, protect jobs and agriculture, recognise Aboriginal water values and improve environmental health.
Professor Skinner’s appointment is seen as recognition of his international work in the urban water space and as Director of MSDI’s Water Sensitive Cities Program.
Professor Skinner said that he was very pleased that the government had set a whole-of-government policy objective of integrating water and urban panning. “From my experience the proposed approach is world’s best practice and I am delighted to be have a lead role in delivering it”.