In May 2009 the Australian Government announced up to $77.4 million of funding for the Hawkesbury-Nepean River Recovery Program (HNRRP), and I commenced work as Program Manager in June 2009. I concluded the HNRRP at the end of 2011, with the program exceeding its intended outcomes and finishing on time and under budget. The HNRRP has improved river health by making more water available for environmental ﬂows and reducing nutrient inputs to the river system.
The HNRRP has won the Government award in the 2012 savewater! awards® and the Program Innovation Award at the 2012 Australian Water Association (AWA) NSW Branch Awards. The savewater! awards® are in their 10th year and have emerged as Australia’s leading awards for water sustainability, with the 2012 awards receiving 1000 entries from 54 countries. The AWA NSW Branch Water Awards are the highest accolade that currently exists in the NSW water industry, and have been designed to acknowledge the best of the best in the NSW water sector.
The September 2011 edition of HNRRP e-news reﬂects on some of the major achievements from the seven HNRRP projects and celebrates the great work that has been done to improve the health of the Hawkesbury-Nepean catchment. Full details of the program and its achievements can be found in the Final Report.
The Hawkesbury-Nepean is a catchment of national significance, with dams that provides the majority of the drinking water for over 4 million people living in the greater Sydney region. Its waters support important agriculture, horticulture, fishing and mining industries, and each year more than 10 million people visit the Hawkesbury-Nepean catchment to experience its natural assets.