Frequently asked questions

 Answers to common questions about HaRWEST

Why did HaRWEST form? 

The Hawkesbury-Nepean is the lifeblood of Western Sydney. Its health is important to aquatic flora and fauna, the people of Western Sydney and number of businesses across the region. Sometime ago, the government decommissioned the one-stop-shop for the river system, The Office of Hawkesbury-Nepean. Also Pinto 2013 (opens in a new window) highlighted the need for a central repository for interested community to understand about the river health. HaRWEST aims to connect scientific water quality data, educational river information and personal water stories to the communities of the Hawkesbury-Nepean. By sharing river knowledge and narratives it is our hope that we can better work together to promote and protect the waterways of the Hawkesbury-Nepean. 

Who is the target group of HaRWEST ? 

We have gathered data and tools for anybody who is interested in learning about the health of the river system. 

Who provides data ? 

The historic data included in HaRWEST is obtained from Sydney Catchment Authority and Department of Primary Industries. The community collected data comes from Brewongle Environmental Education Centre (opens in a new window), University of Western Sydney and TAFE students. We encourage you to contact us if you have any type of data related to the Hawkesbury-Nepean River System and want to share with others in the community. 

How is HaRWEST funded ? 

The initial setting up of the HaRWEST was funded by the Office of Sustainability at University of Western Sydney through a SURF grant (opens in a new window). The ongoing web maintenance will be done by staff at Office of Sustainability. 

Who supports ongoing development of HaRWEST ? 

The ongoing development of this web resource needs funding from external sources. At present the HaRWEST team at University of Western Sydney is actively looking for partnerships with community groups, industry and government agencies.