The Eyre Peninsula Natural Resources Management Board is inviting feedback on the new Draft Water Allocation Plan (WAP) for the Southern Basins and Musgrave Prescribed Wells Areas.
The WAP aims to ensure water resources are managed sustainably for all water users and for the environment.
Board Presiding Member Heather Baldock said the plan includes a range of proposed changes such as the introduction of a new method for determining allocations and a risk-based approach to determine the proportion of water available.
“A new licensing and authorisation regime is also proposed that ‘unbundles’ water rights to help improve the management of water resources and provide flexibility to water users,” Ms Baldock said.
The draft plan has been prepared over several years based on input from the community and the Board’s Water Resources Advisory Committee, with science and policy advice from the Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources.
People wanting to learn more can attend one of two public forums being held at;
• Elliston: Wednesday 8 April 2015, 2:00pm - 5:00pm, Elliston Community Sports Centre
• Port Lincoln: Thursday 9 April 2015, 3:30pm - 6:30pm, Port Lincoln Hotel.
The Board welcomes feedback on the Draft WAP and invites comments submitted in writing or online. The closing date for submissions is 5pm on 22 May 2015.
The draft plan is available here.