Draft Far North Prescribed Wells Area Water Allocation Plan 2019-2029

The current WAP, adopted in 2009, has reached the end of its 10-year life. Over a number of years, the document was reviewed before a consultation period commenced from 12 November 2019 to 17 April 2020.

As part of the consultation process, the SAAL NRM Board released the following documents::

Consultation process

The final formal consultation stage is now complete.

In stage one groundwater users and others with an interest in the management of South Australia’s portion of the Great Artesian Basin had an opportunity to contribute to a statutory review of the Far North Prescribed Wells Area Water Allocation Plan (WAP) in 2018/19, which gathered opinion about the strengths and weaknesses of the existing plan. This was stage one of the process.

In stage two specific issues and policy positions have been discussed through a series of meetings with licensees and stakeholder groups and a revised draft was prepared in response to this feedback and to include new scientific knowledge about the Great Artesian Basin function and the increasing industry demands on the resource.

The third and final stage of this process was the statutory consultation on the draft plan which commenced on 12 November 2019 and closed on 17 April, 2020.

Information sessions were held in Coober Pedy and Marree in November 2019, with formal consultation meetings at Coober Pedy, Adelaide and online for the Marree and Innamincka districts due to DOVID-19 restrictions.

The feedback received throughout the consultation process will now be collated into a consultation report, and the Board will use this document to determine what changes need to be made to the draft Plan. Once the Board, alongside the Department, have finalised the Plan, it will be submitted to the Minister for Environment and Water for his adoption.

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