Drinking water recreation policy update released for comment
Released 08 Jun 2018
Recreation within drinking water catchments on Crown Land can occur under some circumstances and the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation has updated its policy managing these activities, and is keen to get your views on the proposed changes.
After five years in operation, the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation’s Operational policy 13 for recreationwithin public drinking water source areas on Crown Land is being reviewed and updated.
The intent of the policy is to provide a clear guide to what types of recreation can and cannot be supported in public drinking water source areas to protect water quality and public health.
Since the policy’s implementation in 2012, the department has listened to feedback from the community, interest groups and other agencies, and proposed some changes to the policy.
A draft updated policy with accompanying discussion paper has been released for public comment over the next eight weeks.
People with an interest in recreational activities in these areas are invited to attend a public workshop being held during the consultation period at the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries.
The policy was last updated as part of a response to a 2010 parliamentary committee report into recreation activities within public drinking water source areas.
Since then fifteen public drinking water source areas have been abolished or had by-laws removed, providing increased recreational and tourism opportunities across many areas of the south west of the State.
An Interagency Collaborative Working Group comprising representatives of the departments of Water and Environmental Regulation; Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries; Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions; Health; and the Water Corporation have worked closely together to implement the policy, review the policy based on feedback, and develop some changes to the policy.
The Department of Water and Environmental Regulation’s Executive Director Science and Planning Paul Brown said the policy review continues the government’s strong commitment to protecting public drinking water source areas while providing for appropriate recreation opportunities.
“Drinking water protection and suitable recreational opportunities are both significant issues for the health of our community,” Mr Brown said.
“The draft updated policy achieves a balance between recreation and the protection of water quality, using five years of experience gained in assessing recreation events, facility proposals and policy implementation.
“The Interagency Collaborative Working Group has been a great example of how we can work across government to achieve multiple benefits.”
A copy of the draft updated policy is available online at the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation’s website www.dwer.wa.gov.auor by contacting the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation, Water Source Protection Planning branch via email: firstname.lastname@example.org or by mail PO Box K822 Perth WA 6842.
To register your interest in the upcoming workshop contact the department by email at email@example.com or call us on (08) 6364 6889 no later than 25 June 2018.
Contact: Peter Collins
Phone: (08)364 6848 / 0434 603 441