Water management

The Kangaroo Island Landscape Board works to ensure the equitable management of water quality and quantity to sustain natural ecosystems, industry, agriculture, human consumption and other urban and domestic uses on the island. For more information about water management on Kangaroo Island, see our water management fact sheet.

Water resources on Kangaroo Island are precious and need to be managed sustainably. This includes watercourses, dams and catchment landscapes.

Some activities can have adverse impacts on the health and condition of water resources and the ecosystems that depend on them, as well as on other water users. These water affecting activities include:

  • constructing or enlarging dams, drains or other structures that collect or divert water
  • placing/depositing solid materials in a watercourse (e.g. buildings, erosion control, constructing water crossings or dumping materials)
  • excavating material from a watercourse (e.g. excavating or cleaning soaks, waterholes and on-stream dams)
  • destroying vegetation in or near a watercourse (e.g. removal of reeds, riparian vegetation)
  • drilling, deepening and back filling wells and bores.

Permits for water affecting activities

Water affecting activities need to be managed carefully and require a permit. Please download the relevant form below, complete and send with the permit fee to:

Water Resources Officer
KI Landscape Board
35 Dauncey Street
Kingscote  SA  5223

Water affecting activities policy

The Kangaroo Island Water Affecting Activity Control Policy:

  • makes provision for the requirement to have a permit under the Landscape South Australia 2019 Act to undertake an activity specified in the policy;
  • identifies the relevant authority for the purposes of the application and implementation of the policy under the Act;
  • sets out matters that should be taken into account when a relevant authority is exercising a power to grant or refuse a permit;
  • makes provision in relation to the conditions on the permit issues; and
  • specifies rules in relation to taking water from a watercourse, lake or well or farm area or place.

Attachment 1 contains data and information referred to within the WAA Control Policy that are location-specific or are subject to change, including:

  • catchment/sub-catchment:
    • names
    • boundaries
    • mean annual rainfall
    • surface water yields
    • water deemed taken
    • water take limits
    • water available for development and status
    • percentage of land cleared
    • area under commercial forestry
    • sum of dam capacities
    • threshold flow rates for calculating low flow bypass design specification
    • minimum dam catchment area for the fitting of a low flow bypass
  • stream orders
  • references to supporting information

Attachment 1 will be updated as required to allow public access to the most recent data and information used by the KI Landscape Board relating to the assessment of WAA Permits and Development Applications.


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