Community forum discussions about the future of the Gnangara groundwater system
Released 14 Jul 2009
Currently, 600 thousand people live over the system which extends between the Swan Estuary, Gingin Brook, Ellenbrook and the Indian Ocean.
The Department of Water's Director Strategic Policy and Water Services John Loney said the community forums at Wanneroo, Floreat, Burswood and Ellenbrook would aim to provide a summary of the draft Gnangara sustainability strategy(GSS) and facilitate comment on the strategy document.
"The forums will outline recommendations for the complexity of issues that need addressing on an urgent basis by the community and Government,if this important water source is to be sustained," Mr Loney said.
"The draft strategy is available for public comment until 31 August and we are hoping that knowledge sharing at the community forums should assist people to make their submissions.
"It is no secret that the ecological and socio-economic uses of the system are under threat because groundwater levels have fallen significantly since the early 1970's – primarily from declining rainfall.
"Other contributing factors include increased groundwater abstraction for public and private uses, losses associated with pine plantations and from an altered frequency of burning natural woodlands. Rapid population growth is predicted to increase this pressure further."
Mr Loney said the GSS committee was urging an enthusiastic response during the public consultation period and the forums aimed to provide the community with the information required to make an informed GSS public submission.
"The forums will also provide the community with an opportunity to lodge a submission as a group on the night; and provide the GSS team with a public submission," he said.
"It would assist if you are familiar with the draft Gnangara sustainability strategy before attending one of the forums which will include overviews, question and answer, and public submission sessions."
Electronic copies of the strategy are available from the Gnangara sustainability strategy website at www.gnangara.water.wa.gov.au. Hard copies are also available. Please contact Silvana Traini, Communications Officer, Gnangara sustainabilitystrategy for further information. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Tel: 08 6364 6452 Fax: 08 6364 6460
All community forums will begin with registrations at 5.30pm, commence at 5.45pm and conclude 9pm. Supper will be served.
Monday 20 July
City of Wanneroo, Banksia Room
23 Dundebar Road, Wanneroo
Tuesday 21 July
The Boulevard Centre
99 The Boulevard, Floreat (next to Floreat Forum Shopping Centre)
Wednesday 22 July
Ellenbrook Community Resource Centre
90 Main Street, Ellenbrook
Thursday 23 July
Burswood on Swan
Swan Room, 1 Camfield Drive, Burswood
The Gnangara Sustainability Strategy is an across government initiative tackling impacts of land use and management change on groundwater availability and quality of the Gnangara groundwater system. The taskforce includes all agencies responsible for the management of land and water within the Gnangara groundwater system. These are the Departments of Water, Environment and Conservation, Planning, Agriculture and Food; Water Corporation, Forest Products Commission and CSIRO. The Department of Water is the lead agency.
Contact: Dianne Dixon
Phone: (08) 6364 6983 / 0419 910 847