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Waterways Benefits Rating

Our waterways provide important benefits such as clean and safe drinking water, nursery habitats for recreational and commercial fishing, and a reliable water source for agricultural productivity. Recreation activities in and around waterways not only help to improve physical health and wellbeing, they also contribute approximately $2.3 billion to the region’s economy annually.

The Waterway Benefits Rating (introduced in 2015) help us to better understand how the social and economic benefits our waterways provide will be affected by changing environmental conditions.

The following components are measured:

  • community values and satisfaction with waterways
  • appropriate access to local waterways
  • economic benefits generated through recreation
  • the contribution relevant catchments make to providing clean low-cost drinking water.

The 5-star rating

***** (5-stars) Maximum benefits: The local community receives full social and economic benefits from waterways

**** (4-stars) Very high benefits: The local community receives the majority of social and economic benefits from waterways

*** (3-stars) High benefits: The local community receives many social and economic benefits from waterways

** (2-stars) Moderate benefits: The local community receives only a few social and economic benefits from waterways

* (1-star) Minimum benefits: The local community receives almost no social or economic benefits from waterways

 

How are the ratings calculated?

The Waterway Benefits Rating measures social and economic components which are combined to reach an overall rating. Data is collected through a range of methods including community surveys and economic assessments.