Community comments will help to refine plan
Released 11 May 2011
The public comment period for the draft plan started on 30 November 2010 and concluded at the end of March 2011.
"With many years of information, the aquifers supporting the Carnarvon horticulture industry are some of the best understood in Western Australia," Mr Maskew said.
"The information contained in the submissions will add to the existing knowledge of this system and help us put in place the right level of management."
Mr Maskew said one area where feedback had helped the department improve the proposed management for the area has been the development of an option for growers to increase their entitlements where possible.
"In the allocation plan for public comment we included five opportunities for growers to increase the amount of water on their property," he said.
"Based on comments and suggestions received during the public comment period the department is developing two additional options for growers to increase their private water entitlements."
Mr Maskew said the department's long history of working closely with the community in this area helped to achieve this positive outcome and all comments received will be addressed in a statement of response that will be released with the final plan.
"We are keen to continue the high level of community involvement in the finalisation and implementation of the new allocation plan," Mr Maskew said.
"With the release of the final plan we will advertise the opportunity for interested growers to apply for a position on the Carnarvon water allocation advisory committee."
Contact: Peter Collins
Phone: (08) 6364 6848 / 0434 603 441