McLaren Vale

NEW: Nominations invited for membership of the McLaren Vale Water Allocation Plan Advisory Committee

The Hills and Fleurieu Landscape Board is currently reviewing the Water Allocation Plan (WAP) for the McLaren Vale Prescribed Wells Area. The Board is re-establishing a McLaren Vale WAP Advisory Committee to provide community feedback on the Plan. 

Existing WAPs must be comprehensively reviewed at least once every 10 years to ensure that they are still meeting the needs of the community.

If you are interested in being part of this committee, further information and application details are available here:

  • McLaren Vale WAPAC information for prospective members (link to new page – yet to be created) 

About the area

The McLaren Vale prescribed wells area covers approximately 320 square kilometres, with the Onkaparinga River forming part of the northern boundary, while much of the south-eastern boundary follows the ridge of the Sellicks Range. The water allocation plan for this area was adopted in 2007, replacing the WAP adopted in 2000.

The WAP aims to:

  • protect the resource for all water users, now and into the future
  • provide greater certainty for water users.

The WAP achieves this by:

  • identifying the amount of groundwater that can be allocated and extracted per year
  • defining criteria for the development of aquifer storage and recovery schemes
  • encouraging efficient use of water for irrigation purposes
  • providing water for groundwater-dependent ecosystems within the prescribed area.

The WAP was developed by the former Adelaide and Mount Lofty Ranges Natural Resources Management Board in collaboration with key stakeholders and supported by the community-based McLaren Vale WAP Advisory Committee. A review of the McLaren Vale Prescribed Wells Area Water Allocation Plan was conducted in 2011.

Find out more information about what a WAP is and why they are important.

Find out about permits and licences relating to this WAP.

Monitoring and reporting on water resources of the McLaren Vale Prescribed Wells Area

Constant monitoring of the McLaren Vale Prescribed Wells Area is undertaken by the Hills and Fleurieu Landscape Board and the Department for Environment and Water. Results of this monitoring contributes to the production of groundwater status reports and will inform the review of the WAPs.

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