Recreation within public drinking water source areas policy review
Released 06 Feb 2012
The Department of Water has today released a draft policy for comment on recreation in public drinking water catchments, updating the existing policy of 2003.
The policy deals with recreation within Public Drinking Water Source Areas (PDWSAs) on crown land.
The draft is open for public comment for a six week period which closes on 19 March 2012
Department of Water Executive Director of Science and Planning Greg Davis said the policy continued the government's commitment to protecting drinking water source areas, as well as supporting recreation.
He said the policy review was guided by the findings of the 2009 Parliamentary Committee Inquiry into Recreation Activities within Public Drinking Water Source Areas and its 2010 report to parliament.
"The draft policy has been prepared consistent with the government's response to that report," Mr Davis said.
"Its aim remains to protect PDWSAs from unnecessary water quality and public health risks so the State can continue to have access to reliable, safe, good quality and low cost drinking water."
Mr Davis said while the protection of public health was the primary purpose of the policy, it recognised that recreation is also important to public health and for community social and economic goals.
The updated policy proposes to keep the types and levels of recreation supported by the existing policy, which includes some passive land based recreation in the outer catchments of PDWSAs.
Mr Davis said the department, in consultation with other government agencies and the Water Corporation, was looking at increasing recreation areas by removing the water source protection status of land where it was no longer required.
"With drinking water sources secure, we can concentrate on a number of existing PDWSAs proposed to be de-proclaimed over the next five years, allowing them to be considered for new or enhanced recreation," he said.
The draft policy and FAQ are available on the Department of Water's website http://www.water.wa.gov.au/Have+your+say/Open+for+public+comment/default.aspx
Comments on the draft updated policy are welcome via email to firstname.lastname@example.org or to the Department of Water, Drinking Water Source Protection Branch, PO Box K822 Perth WA 6842.
Contact: Peter Collins
Phone: (08) 6364 6848 0434 603 441