Protecting Cockburn's Groundwater
Released 16 May 2007
The Department of Water is seeking public comment on a draft plan for the Cockburn Groundwater Area.
Department of Water acting regional manager for Kwinana/Peel Leon Brouwer said the plan had relevance to all present and future users of groundwater in the Kwinana and Cockburn areas.
"The Draft Cockburn Groundwater Area Water Management Plan outlines how the groundwater resources of the area are to be managed to achieve sustainable water allocation," Mr Brouwer said.
"The plan is designed to improve certainty for existing and potential water users while ensuring protection of the environment.
"It is part of a series of plans for water resource management being developed across Western Australia."
The Cockburn Groundwater Area includes the Superficial aquifer, the Rockingham Sand aquifer, the Leederville aquifer and the Yarragadee aquifer.
"Current water level monitoring data for all four aquifers are showing signs of decline and with the significant reduction in rainfall being experienced in Perth, private abstraction in most areas has reached the sustainable limit.
"The Cockburn Groundwater Area contains significant wetlands that depend on the groundwater. Excessive groundwater extraction may adversely impact on these sensitive environments.
"The draft plan discusses a new allocation and licensing process and groundwater monitoring requirements for licensees," Mr Brouwer said.
"It is the result of consultation between the Department and local government, horticulture and other industries.
"The plan replaces the existing groundwater management plan for the area released in 1993.
"The Department is seeking submissions on the content of the draft plan from water users, other interested stakeholders and the general community. Comments received will be considered in preparing the final plan."
The draft plan is open for public comment until 22 June. Copies of the plan are available on the Department's website: www.water.wa.gov.au under Publications>Drafts for Public Comment.
Contact: Peter Collins
Phone: (08) 6364 6848 / 0434 603 441