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A new Office for Water will be established in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) to better support water management in and by the state.

The new Office for Water will deliver on initiatives to improve access to and understanding of water information and advance the interests and contributions of the local Ngunnawal community.

The 2022-23 ACT Budget has allocated $4.2 million over the next two years to establish this new office to strengthen its working arrangements to the best outcomes for waterways and the ACT community.

ACT Minister for Water, Shane Rattenbury, said the new office would improve coordination for water issues in the state.

“Establishing the Office for Water will provide a central coordination point for water issues, helping to improve strategic planning, waterway and catchment management and water sensitive urban design outcomes across our city,” Mr Rattenbury said.

“How we manage water and waterways has a major impact on our community and we want to make sure we get it right.

“The Office for Water will help to deliver a holistic, coordinated and community-focused approach to water issues. This will be increasingly important as we respond to climate change, urban development and population growth into the future.”

In addition to the Office for Water, the ACT Government is working with Icon Water to replace the non-potable water pipeline in Uriarra Village, to provide long-term water security for the community.

This project will provide major benefits to the Uriarra community, as well as increasing water supply for firefighting with the majority of the pipeline being built along fire trails from the Cotter precinct.

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