Lower Collie surface water allocation plan: for public comment
Released 25 May 2011
The Lower Collie surface water allocation plan: for public comment and Lower Collie surface water allocation methods report have been released for a public comment period today.
"We have developed the plan to set how surface water will be managed in Lower Collie given the challenges brought by a drier climate, and increasing water demand in the south west of the state," A/Director General Maree De Lacey said in releasing the draft plan.
"The plan will help maximise the amount of time that people can take their full entitlements and will maintain key ecological and social values in the lower collie for future generations."
The planning process involved stakeholder and the community groups including Harvey Water, the Brunswick River Restoration Action Group (BRAAG), the Department of Agriculture and Food, Harvey Shire Council, Leschenault Catchment Council, Worsley Alumina Pty Ltd, Nyungar elders and traditional owners.
This included a community information session held in March 2010 in Brunswick Junction.
"The department has used information from these meetings as well as detailed environmental, social, cultural and indigenous studies completed in the area over the past five years to set allocation limits and local licensing policies," Ms De Lacey said.
"The majority of surface water used in the area is delivered from Wellington reservoir, to the Collie irrigation district to irrigate pasture for beef and cattle.
"The plan details the objectives, allocation limits and local licensing policies that will direct access to water in the area, which includes the Brunswick, Wellesley, Lower Collie, Augustus and Lunenburg rivers, the Henty and Flaherty brooks and Millers Creek and numerous small tributaries.
"It also details the environmental water provision requirements for the Worsley freshwater lake and the Wellington reservoir which define how water is released from these reservoirs to maintain downstream values.
Ms De Lacey said the Lower Collie surface management area was divided into twenty four smaller areas called resources, and the department had set an allocation limit for each resource.
"The allocation limit is the total amount of water that can be taken from a resource in a year," she said.
"We have set these allocation limits based on a future climate prediction, using the CSIRO's median future climate scenario to estimate runoff and stream flow in the area at 2020."
Ms De Lacey added there is currently water available for licensing in sixteen out of the twenty four resources in the plan area.
"The plan will ensure that water users are able to get as much water as possible, on a regular basis, and that key social and ecological values in the area will be maintained for future generations," she said.
The department will be holding information sessions with people that are interested in the plan. If you would like a copy of the plan or would like to attend and information session, please contact Bev Thurlow on (08) 9726 4111or email email@example.com.
The plan, together with supporting and technical documents, is available from www.water.wa.gov.au.
Please send your comments to firstname.lastname@example.org or to Clare Mason, Department of Water, PO Box K822, Perth, WA 6842 by 5pm, 29 August 2011.
The department will review and consider all comments it receives on the allocation plan and produce a statement of response document which will be released with the final plan and summarises how the department has responded to your comments.
Contact: Peter Collins
Phone: (08) 6364 6848 / 0434 603 441