Rural Water Use Strategy
The Tasmanian Government has committed to a target of a $10 billion per year annual farm gate value by 2050.
To support this the Government will work with farmers, irrigators, rural communities and other stakeholders to develop a Rural Water Use Strategy.
Sustainable development of water resources
The Strategy will guide the State’s future water management arrangements to ensure
integrated, fair and efficient regulation and compliance of the State’s water
resources to deliver sustainable outcomes for irrigators, rural communities and
the environment and maintain Tasmania’s competitive advantages in a changing
final Rural Water Use Strategy document is due for completion by the end of
2020. When complete, the Strategy
will set the direction for the rural water
sector for the next few decades. This will underpin the sustainable development
of the State’s water resources to support an increase in irrigated agriculture
to improve the prosperity of rural communities
and the broader Tasmanian
Timeline and consultation
will seek input from key stakeholders and the general public in the development
of the Rural Water Use Strategy to
ensure that it is meaningful and
relevant to the rural communities it aims to support.
Timeline for the development of the Rural Water Use Strategy:
- 2019: DPIPWE met with key stakeholders to scope issues and ideas.
- April 2020: Release Position Paper for public comment
- October 2020: Release Draft Rural Water Use Strategy for public comment
- March 2021: Final Rural Use Water Strategy
Position Paper open for public comment
We are seeking your comment on the Rural Water Use Strategy Position Paper. The purpose of this paper is to help you have your say on the way the Tasmanian Government manages the State's freshwater resources in the rural water supply sector into the future.
The Position Paper has been prepared by the Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environent to provide an overview of the proposals that may be included in the Government's Rural Water Use Strategy. We are are seeking your views on these proposals and any additional suggestions that would help achieve our objectives.
Rural Water Use Strategy Position Paper (1Mb)
How to comment
Submissions must be received by 5.00 pm on Friday 26 June 2020.
Send your submissions to:
Or mail to: Water Policy - Rural Water Use Strategy
Water and Marine Resources Division
Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environent
GPO Box 44
HOBART TAS 7001Feedback received on the Position Paper will be used to define the key priorities of the Rural Water Use Strategy. The draft Strategy will be made available for comment in October 2020.
All submissions will be treated as public information and made available on the Department’s website. If you wish for your submission to be treated as confidential, either whole or in part, please note this in writing at the time of making your submission. No personal information other than the name of individual submitters will be disclosed.
The Right to Information Act 2009 and confidentiality
By law, information provided to the Government may be provided to an applicant under the provisions of the Right to Information Act 2009 (RTI). If you have indicated that you wish all or part of your submission to be confidential, the statement that details your reasons will be taken into account in determining whether or not to release the information in the event of an RTI application for assessed disclosure.