10 GL of water available for Kemerton
Released 07 Jan 2008
A new groundwater plan released by the Department of Water's Acting Director General, John Ruprecht has identified a potential ten gigalitres of water for industry in the Kemerton area.
"The Kemerton Industrial Park is a strategic industrial site for the South West region," Mr Ruprecht said.
"Investigations have provided new information on the hydrogeology of the area, potential use of the groundwater and groundwater-dependent ecosystems. This information underpins improved management through realigned groundwater subareas and revised allocation limits set in the Kemerton groundwater plan."
Releasing the new Kemerton groundwater plan, the Acting Director General said the recent changes in land use north east of Bunbury had to take into account the limited availability of water.
Although most of the subareas already use 70-100 per cent of the allocated water there is one currently slightly over-allocated subarea.
Mr Ruprecht said that under the new plan, recouping opportunities and the natural attrition of licences would recover the over-allocation with no impact on current users.
"But what can actually be taken needs to be assessed one licence at a time to avoid impact on current users and the environment."
Mr Ruprecht said the plan provided a basis for managing the impacts of groundwater abstraction to ensure that the identified high value groundwater-dependent ecosystems and existing users were protected.
The plan was finalised after a period of public comment and additional assessment.
A copy of the plan can be obtained from the Department of Water on tel: 08 6364 7600 or by visiting the web site at www.water.wa.gov.au
Contact: Peter Collins
Phone: (08) 6364 6848 / 0434 603 441