A South Australian council has become the first local government body in the world to be recognised for its water policies by a global water-care collaboration.
The Renmark Paringa Council, located on the Murray River in the Riverland, has received a gold accreditation from the Alliance for Water Stewardship (AWS), which aims to recognise entities that implement environmentally sound water policies.
The council is among about 130 accredited members worldwide, including companies such as Apple, Toyota’s North American division, Google and Nestle.
The council’s corporate and community services manager, Tim Pfeiffer, said the local government body intended to use the accreditation to advocate for the water needs of the community.
“Our economy and our community completely relies on the River Murray, it’s our lifeblood,” he said.
This section of the Murray River near Murtho is part of the Renmark Paringa Council’s jurisdiction. (ABC News: Jessica Schremmer)
“This accreditation really shows that we’re a responsible custodian for that in our own small way.
“It also gives us a voice and credibility when we stand up and we then advocate for our community when it…