Public comment sought on Gingin groundwater allocation plan
Released 14 Aug 2013
A new water allocation plan for the Gingin area will provide certainty for existing water users and support future growth and development.
The Department of Water today released the Gingin groundwater allocation plan for a three month public comment period.
The plan sets out how water allocations and licences will be managed to maintain a reliable groundwater supply for agriculture, industry and urban development while also supporting local groundwater dependent systems.
The Gingin plan area covers 6000 square kilometres and includes the towns of Lancelin, Seabird, Guilderton, Dandaragan, Bindoon, Moora and Gingin.
"Rising demand for water combined with the drying climate trend create additional challenges for sustainable water management in the Gingin plan area," Department of Water Director Water Assessment and Allocation Susan Worley said.
"The plan establishes how groundwater resources will be managed to support the needs of all groundwater users.
"It also shows how local waterways, such as the Moore River and Gingin Brook, interact with groundwater.
"The plan is based on the best available science, including information from a recent hydrogeological and environmental study of the Gingin plan area."
Ms Worley said the plan has been developed in consultation with stakeholders and she encouraged people to have their say in the comment period.
The Department of Water will be holding some workshops to introduce the plan and listen to comments.
"Once people have had a chance to look at the plan, their comments and additional information will be used to improve and finalise the plan," Ms Worley said.
The allocation plan will replace the 2002 allocation strategy for the Gingin groundwater area.
"Because average rainfall has been decreasing, and there is less recharge to groundwater, the main change is that allocation limits have been reset to reflect the new climate situation," Ms Worley said.
"People are already aware of the need to focus on efficient use of water."
The Gingin groundwater allocation plan: for public comment is open for public submissions until 6 December 2013.
The plan can be viewed on the Department of Water website here.
Contact: Peter Collins
Phone: (08) 6364 6848