Kimberley water plan out for comment
Released 06 Dec 2010
A draft Kimberley regional water plan: Strategic directions and actions 2010-2030 was released today for a three month comment period.
The plan provides a strategic vision and approach to guide the sustainable management of the region's water resources and water services to 2030 and is part of Western Australia's comprehensive water resource planning framework.
The Department of Water has developed this draft plan with input from the regional community and stakeholders
The department's Regional Management and Water Information Director Liz Western said the Kimberley was a growing region with considerable high profile water resources
"We have growing regional towns like Broome and Kununurra that require careful water resource planning to support population and industry growth," Ms Western said.
"We also have expanding mineral, oil and gas developments that require careful water use management."
Ms Western said there was a national perception that water resources of northern Western Australia were plentiful and available for development.
"In reality, the Kimberley is a water-limited environment characterised by northern Australia's wet/dry cycle of water abundance and scarcity and this needs to be acknowledged in water planning.
"The culturally significant waterways of the Kimberley vary from the pristine, high value rivers of the north Kimberley to the wetlands and soaks of the Great Sandy Desert and the considerable groundwater systems that support a diverse array of ecosystems across the region.
"These have significant social and cultural values that are acknowledged in the draft regional water plan.
"The sustainable management of the Kimberley's water resources is therefore essential to the region's future social, cultural and economic prosperity and development must build on its special characteristics."
Ms Western said the plan provided decision makers and proponents with clear understanding of the strategic water management issues in the Kimberley and prioritises the work of the department and other relevant organisations where appropriate.
"I thank the Kimberley community and stakeholders for their contribution to this draft plan to date and encourage all who have an interest in the region's water resources to read the plan and provide comments on any of its aspects.
"All comments will be considered and where appropriate, will be used to improve the plan.
"For a deeper understanding of the issues and actions proposed to address them, I refer you to the Kimberley regional water plan: Supporting detail report."
The plan is open for comment until February 25.
The plan can be downloaded from: http://www.water.wa.gov.au/Have+your+say/Open+for+public+comment/1585.aspx
Contact: Dianne Dixon
Phone: (08)6364 6983