National Water Commission endorses WA's Implementation Plan for the NWI
Released 24 Jul 2007
The State Government's commitment to water reform has taken another step forward with the National Water Commission (NWC) formally accrediting Western Australia's Implementation Plan for the National Water Initiative (NWI).
Department of Water Acting Director General Paul Frewer said the plan was the State's framework for ensuring our water resources are managed sustainably in the future.
"The plan provides a roadmap for water reform in Western Australia. It sets out actions, time frames and responsibilities that will guide the process of reform now and in the future," Mr Frewer said.
"It builds on the work of the Water Reform Implementation Committee and reflects extensive consultation in developing the State Water Plan and the Blueprint for Water Reform.
"WA's implementation plan for the NWI is a living document. It will be updated periodically to reflect changes to the way in which reform is being implemented in Western Australia."
Mr Frewer said the legislative reform process currently underway would provide the State Government with the ability to drive implementation of NWI and broader water reform.
"This will deliver better management of the State's water resources including greater security for water licence holders," he said.
"The signing of the NWI in April 2006 has so far secured over $40 million in Government funding to increase national capacity to plan, measure and manage our water resources, as well as improve technology and community water grants."
The plan will be monitored with regular reporting, including annual reporting to Council of Australian Governments (COAG) and NWC biennial assessments.
Further information on Western Australia's Implementation Plan for the NWI can be obtained from the Department's website at www.water.wa.gov.au.
Contact: Peter Collins
Phone: (08) 6364 6848 / 0434 603 441