Updated plan supports Ord River area’s current and future water needs
Released 25 May 2012
An updated water allocation plan for the Ord River area will support hydropower and irrigation expansion while protecting the downstream river environment.
The Ord surface water allocation plan: for public comment, released by the Department of Water today, outlines water availability and licensing policies for the Ord River area.
The department invites public comment on the plan until 14 September 2012.
The plan will support irrigation and hydropower activity in the Ord River area, while ensuring enough water is supplied for downstream irrigation and to protect the river environment.
"Under the state's Royalties for Regions program we're experiencing the largest development of irrigated land in the Ord River area since the 1960s, and this is driving increasing demand for water in the region," Department of Water Kimberley Acting Regional Manager Chris Gunby said.
"The Ord surface water allocation plan will not only meet current irrigation needs, it will deliver a highly reliable water supply that supports activities such as the Ord irrigation expansion and hydropower generation," he said.
"These demands are balanced against the need to leave enough water for the lower Ord River, downstream of Lake Kununurra, to protect the environment."
The allocation limits for the Ord River remain unchanged, but the plan sets out new release rules for the Ord River Dam Power Station and defines how licences will be adjusted over time as additional irrigation areas are established.
When finalised, the plan will replace the 2006 Ord River management plan.
The plan for public comment can be accessed from the Department of Water website: www.water.wa.gov.au or viewed here.
Public comment on the plan is encouraged.
Please send your submissions by email to email@example.com or by post to Ian Loh, Water Allocation Planning Branch, Department of Water, PO Box K822, Perth WA 6842.
Contact: Peter Collins
Phone: (08) 6364 6848 / 0434 603 441