A new report by Australia’s Water Sport Federation shows Australia’s water sports sector is in a state of flux with water quality in some areas of the country at risk of catastrophic failure.
The report is due to be published today and, along with a flood threat assessment and forecast, will be used by authorities to help determine whether further measures need to be put in place.
The water sport sector is Australia’s second largest, accounting for more than 60 per cent of total tourism spending.
It accounts for nearly two-thirds of all water sports and is expected to generate more than $8 billion annually.
The WA Department of Primary Industries and the WA Government are taking the lead in the water sport crisis.
They have been working closely with local councils, the WA Water Sport Advisory Council, the Water Quality Association of WA and other stakeholders to develop recommendations to tackle the threat of catastrophic water quality failures.
The Water Sport Review, which was released today, outlines the issues that are affecting water sports in the state.
The review’s authors say water quality is currently not in a sustainable state and will be affected by a number of factors.
“The situation in the region is complex and includes many regional and remote areas where the current water quality management is inadequate and not being followed by regional councils,” said a statement from the WA Department.
“A number of local authorities have identified a number in WA that are particularly vulnerable to the threat from catastrophic water failure,” it said. “
Widespread water quality problems will also impact tourism in the WA region.”
“A number of local authorities have identified a number in WA that are particularly vulnerable to the threat from catastrophic water failure,” it said.
“While there is currently no risk to WA tourism, the potential for serious damage is significant.”
It said there was an increasing demand for water sports due to the growing demand for recreational recreational activities.
“A recent report from the Perth Tourism Commission found that the Perth region had a growing tourism industry and an increased need for recreational activities.”
Water sports have been under a growing number of scrutiny since the introduction of the ACT’s ‘safe to swim’ rule in 2015.
Under the ACT Safe To Swim policy, people are not allowed to swim near water sources where there are high levels of bacteria or parasites, including swimming pools, lakes and rivers.
The Australian Medical Association has urged the government to review the ACT rule, which has been linked to more than 50 deaths in WA.