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SA FARMERS with dams holding more than 5 mega-
litres of water will be subject to metering, according
to the proposed Water Allocation Plan for the
Western Mount Lofty Ranges Area.
This will also apply to dams holding water for com-
mercial use, including irrigation. Not only will meters be
installed on properties, water licences will be issued to
farmers in the area.
The Western Mount Lofty Ranges has about 13,000
dams within the prescribed area.
Many farmers in this region are apprehensive about
the proposed WAP and have concerns regarding the use
of dam water.
According to the WAP, the impact of dams can affect
the flow of water into watercourses and the recharge of
aquifers. To protect the potential reduction of inflows to
Adelaide’s reservoirs, no new surface water or water-
course water will be made available for allocation, dam
development or commercial forestry upstream of these
Once the water licences have been issued, licence-
holders will receive an annual allocation.
Meters will measure the water use from dams, bores
The Natural Resource Management Board and Water
Allocation Plan Advisory
Committee are examining community submissions,
which closed on January 10.
These submissions will help the NRM Board and
Advisory Committee to prepare a consultation report
which will include any amendments to the draft plan as
a result of the consultation process.
This report will be sent to Water Minister Paul Caica
The Western Mount Lofty Ranges NRM Board hopes
the WAP will provide benefits to the region and its farm-
ers through the increased security and access to water
and future opportunities for water trading.
The WMLR region supplies 75pc of water to SA’s pop-
ulation. The reservoir catchments in this prescribed area
provide about 60pc of metropolitan Adelaide’s mains
water supply in an average year.
The dependence the Adelaide metropolitan area has
on these water resources has captured the attention of
city people and this has heightened the debate regarding
farmer’s dam water consumption and metering.
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Business of the month:
DJ’s GROWER Services is based in
McLaren Vale and was established by
agronomists Derek Cameron and
James Hook, who had long careers
working on farms across South
The company has six specialist
agronomists with spe-
cialities in horticul-
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farming on the
Ben South (pic-
tured) joined the
in his career.
Ben is an advocate for biological
farming, working in pasture and
broadacre situations from the southern
Adelaide Hills to Finniss.
“During the past few seasons, espe-
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the farmers that use biological princi-
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and life – are seeing results,” Ben said.
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THE UPPER Torrens Land
Management Project has secured
funds from the Federal Government
through a Caring for our Country
grant and from the State
Government Native Vegetation
Council to undertake on-ground
works on properties surrounding
Cromer Conservation Park, near
Birdwood and Porter Scrub
Conservation Park, Gumeracha.
Activities include reducing pest
plant and animal threats, fencing off
remnant vegetation, revegetation
and/or regeneration, botanical sur-
veying as well as the opportunity for
landholders to participate in capaci-
ty-building workshops to further
enhance their understanding and
knowledge of the plants and ani-
mals with which they live. Most
landholders welcome the support
being offered and many property
owners have already begun their on-
ground works projects, receiving
financial support and sound techni-
cal advice from the UTLMP.
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