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COMMUNITY consultation is underway on a
draft Water Allocation Plan for the Western
Mount Lofty Ranges. The plan will guide
the management of water resources to achieve a
sustainable long-term productive future for the
Adelaide and Mount Lofty Ranges Natural
Resources Management Board member and chair
of the board's Water Resources Committee, Anita
Aspinall, says developing a Water Allocation Plan
for such a large and diverse area has been an
extremely detailed and technical task.
"The draft water allocation plan outlines a sus-
tainable water management strategy for the
Western Mount Lofty Ranges which supplies water
to 75 per cent of the State's population with up to
90pc coming from 10 reservoirs," Mrs Aspinall
"This draft plan has been developed to provide
water security for water users, including SA Water
and the environment, now and into the future."
The development of the draft plan was overseen
by a number of Water Allocation Planning
Advisory Committees. These committees consist
of community members who have provided the
planning team with insight into the needs and
concerns of water users across the region, and
have influenced the development of the draft plan.
The AMLR NRM Board invites community sub-
missions on the draft Water Allocation Plan.
A series of public meetings will be held on the
key aspects of the draft plan during November.
Public comment sought on
Murray-Darling guide released
THE Guide to the Murray-Darling Basin
water plan was released on October 8 and
is the first step to water reform in the basin.
An independent body called the Murray-
Darling Basin Authority was formed to pro-
duce the guide and six members from each
of the basin's States, who have expertise
and experience in the water industry, form a
The MDBA is required to:
• Determine the amount of water needed
for the environment
• Establish long-term Sustainable
Diversion Limits, and
• Provide advice on the transitional
phase and implementation of SDLs.
The Murray-Darling Basin has been under
stress for quite some time. This is because
of a number of issues such as over-alloca-
tion, prolonged drought and the possibility
of climate change being a reality.
There are strong views and opinions sur-
rounding the issue of climate change and
the ecological health of the basin versus the
impact that the proposed changes could
have on the agricultural industry and sur-
rounding rural communities.
Ecological water requirements have been
identified by the MDBA. These requirements
will assist in restoring health to the basin.
The MDBA identifies that the amount of
water taken from the basin needs to be
reduced by 3000 gigalitres to 7600GL per
Based on social and economic informa-
tion, the MDBA can only justify allocating
between 3000 and 4000GL/year to the envi-
ronment. In order to achieve this, long-term
SDLs have been established for 29 regions
across the Murray-Darling Basin.
SDLs will limit the amount of water that
can be taken from the basin for consump-
tive use. The MDBA has proposed that irri-
gators across the basin will be facing cuts
to their licences. South Australian irrigators
could be facing reductions of between 26
per cent and 35pc.
South Australia has four SDL areas,
Victoria eight, New South Wales 11 and
Queensland six. These areas have been
established to satisfy individual water
The impact of climate change has had
significant influence over the decisions out-
lined by the MDBA. It has identified three
scenarios to accommodate for the severity
and impact of the changing climate.
The scenarios to increase water available
for the environment mean that irrigation
licences will be reduced by 3000GL/year,
3500GL/year or 4000GL/year. Each scenario
has been developed in order to optimise the
MDBA's objectives to achieve a healthy
The Federal Government will continue to
buy surface water entitlements from willing
sellers. This, in turn, will reduce the impact
that the SDLs will have on a particular area.
The main concern is that the willing sell-
ers have already left the industry through-
out the 10-year drought and the remaining
irrigators may not sell their entitlements at
the price the Federal Government is pre-
pared to pay. Detailed information about
any compensation for reduced entitlements
is yet to be released.
• Need to know more?
percatwater.com.au or 1300 737 228
with AMY CANE
Customer Relations Officer
Goodwood Community Centre
Monday, November 8, 2pm-4.30pm
Williamstown Soldiers Memorial Hall
Tuesday, November 9, 7pm-9.30pm
Gumeracha Town Hall
Thursday, November 11, 2pm-4.30 pm and 7pm -
McLaren Vale Bocce Club
Monday, November 15, 7pm-9.30pm
Wednesday, November 17, 2pm-4.30pm and 7pm-
Victor Harbor Convention Centre
Tuesday, November 23, 7pm-9.30pm
Yankalilla Youth and Community Centre
Wednesday, November 24, 12.30pm-3pm
Wednesday, November 24, 7pm-9.30pm
Written submissions are to be lodged by 5pm on
Monday, January 10, 2011, to the General
Manager, AMLR NRM Board, 205 Greenhill Road,
All submissions will be considered in the finali-
sation of the Water Allocation Plan that is to be
adopted by the Minister for Environment and
• Need to know more?
Draft plan and explanatory guide available at
amlr.nrm.sa.gov.au or phone 8273 9108 for a CD
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