The Central West Councils Environment & Waterways Alliance is a partnership of 18 Councils across Central West NSW, encompassing both the Central Tablelands and Central West Local Land Services (LLS) regions. The Alliance exists to improve environmental outcomes across these regions.
The member Councils have a long history of collaboration, dating back to 2000 when they first came together as the Salinity Action Alliance to tackle the emerging threat of salinity across the region. In 2007 the scope of the partnership was widened to take in the protection of waterways. This was achieved by partnering with the then newly formed Central West Catchment Management Authority to deliver sound and practical on-ground environmental outcomes. It was at this time that the group became known as the Salinity & Water Quality Alliance.
With the cessation of the Catchment Management Authorities across NSW in 2014 and their transition to Local Land Services (LLS), the existing Alliance region was broken into LLS regions. However, the group chose to remain as a single entity and to embrace the Councils that were now included within the new boundary structure.
In July 2015 it was decided that the group would change their name to the Environment & Waterways Alliance to better represent the priorities and outcomes of the partnership. Much of the focus of the group surrounds issues along waterways and rivers – Coxes, Fish, Macquarie, Castlereagh, Bogan, Lachlan, Cudgegong Rivers and their many tributaries.
From their inception in 2014, both Central Tablelands and Central West Local Land Services provided financial and logistical support for the Alliance for which we are grateful. This arrangement ceased at the conclusion of the 2017-18 financial year. However, the Alliance continues to improve local environmental outcomes.
We look forward to continuing to partner with a range of community groups and organisations into the future and believe that the continued work of the Environment & Waterways Alliance across the Central West of NSW is having a positive effect on our environment and the communities that we work within.