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McLaren Vale WAP Review

Water Allocation Plans (WAPs) must be comprehensively reviewed at least once every 10 years to ensure that they are still meeting the needs of the community. The Hills and Fleurieu Landscape Board is currently reviewing the McLaren Vale WAP. The review will decide whether the current WAP should be changed. If so, then we will undertake a WAP amendment process which includes developing a draft plan and conducting a formal public consultation.

The current plan was adopted in 2007 and was previously reviewed in 2011 without amendment.

Engagement with the community and stakeholders is central to our approach to water allocation plan review and amendment. This includes forming an advisory committee and working with Kaurna who are the traditional owners of the area covered by the McLaren Vale WAP.

The review is supported by detailed scientific information, and we are working with specialists from the Department for Environment and Water.

Some of the issues being considered by the review include:

  • the condition and trends for each aquifer,
  • the impact of climate change,
  • how to include Aboriginal interests, and
  • restructuring rules to take account of the different characteristics of each aquifer.

Community Survey

As part of the review, the we would like to hear as many community perspectives as possible. This short survey will help us understand your views on the WAP and inform whether the WAP needs to be changed.

The survey closes on 5 December 2021.

McLaren Vale Water Allocation Plan Advisory Committee

The Hills and Fleurieu Landscape Board has established the McLaren Vale Water Allocation Plan Advisory Committee (MV WAPAC) to represent a range of interests and provide community and stakeholder views on the management of the McLaren Vale groundwater resource.

The MV WAPAC is meeting regularly to work through a structured review process. The meeting agendas, minutes and presentations are available at the links below.

Meeting 13 Aug 2021

Meeting 1 Oct 2021

Meeting 26 Oct 2021