Port Stephens residents are being called on to join a new Hunter Water community liaison group to help shape a plan for the region's future water usage.
The group has been established as part of Hunter Water's review of the Lower Hunter Water Plan, which is aimed as ensuring the long-term and sustainable supply of water across the region, as well as during times of drought.
"We know that water is fundamental to our community, not only to ensure people's health and well-being, but to provide liveability outcomes through green open spaces and areas for recreation," Hunter Water's water resilience program director, Emma Berry, said.
"We're currently undertaking a robust review of the Lower Hunter Water Plan, alongside our partners in the NSW Government and at Central Coast Council.
"As part of this review, we're seeking to understand our community's values and attitudes to different option types including water conservation, dams, desalination, groundwater, recycling, stormwater harvesting and water sharing.
"The CLG forms an important part of this process, as we explore the options in more detail to understand their technical feasibility, the environmental and social aspects as well as estimated costs.
"The CLG will enable us to have ongoing two-way conversations and engagement with our community, and to provide us with valuable feedback on behalf of the communities or groups they represent."
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Membership to the group is open to anyone who lives in the six local government areas that Hunter Water serves - Cessnock, Lake Macquarie, Maitland, Newcastle, Port Stephens and Dungog.
Applicants who have an interest in environment and sustainability, urban planning, business and industry or specific neighbourhood and community groups are encouraged to apply.
"Water belongs to all of us, and it's important we work together to help shape our long term future," Ms Berry said.
Applications will be accepted until all positions are filled.
For more information on the group, including the Terms of Reference and application form, go to yourvoice.hunterwater.com.au.