Draft Amended Management Plan released for public comment
The public consultation period for the draft amended Great Forester River Catchment Water Management Plan has now closed.
A review of the Great Forester River Catchment Water Management Plan, adopted in 2003, has been conducted and draft amendments have been prepared in consultation with key stakeholders (see below).
The key changes to the 2003 Plan include:
- Inclusion of a preamble recognising the importance of the river to the Tasmanian Aboriginal people.
- Modernising the objectives of the Plan.
- Setting a limit for the volume of water allocations permitted in the catchment.
- Modifying the boundary between the Upper and Lower Water Management Zones to include the lower coastal sections of Hurst Creek / Coxs Rivulet and Tuckers Creek in the lower zone.
- Providing low flow thresholds for the whole year and not just the irrigation season (summer take period). The summer low flow thresholds (the Managed Minimum Flow) will remain the same while new winter thresholds have been introduced.
- Introducing an opportunistic take - access threshold to allow water to be taken during periods of high flow.
- Refinement of monitoring to be conducted in the catchment.
- Removal of the requirement to have a groundwater licensing system in place due to current low risk of groundwater use.
A range of supporting documents are also available to understand what the important values are in the catchment, to provide background scientific and technical information about the water resource and understand how we came to make certain decisions: Water Resources Information for the Great Forester Catchment.
Review and amendment process
The Great Forester Catchment Water Management Plan was the first water management plan to be prepared and adopted in Tasmania in 2003.
The Plan sets out the framework for managing the water resources in the Great Forester River catchment, in accordance with the Water Management Act 1999, to ensure that water is shared effectively between a range of users, including the community, the environment and commercial users.
Great Forester River Catchment Water Management Plan Fact Sheet (347Kb)
Since the Plan was adopted, many changes have occurred in the catchment – a shift in enterprises, a new irrigation scheme (and another on the way) and an increase in water allocation and other water developments.
DPIPWE has completed a review of the Water Management Plan that reflects these changes and aims to improve the way we manage water in the future.
The review and amendment of the Plan being undertaken according to Section 34 of the Water Management Act 1999, is guided by the Water Management Planning Guiding Principles for the Development of Statutory Water Management Plans and involves statutory requirements for public consultation.
The review of the Plan has been conducted in consultation with the key stakeholders through the Great Forester River Catchment Water Management Plan Consultative Group.
The Consultative Group has been re-established to provide DPIPWE with a balanced range of views, local knowledge, advice and feedback from key stakeholders on matters relating to the review and amendment of the Plan.
The Consultative Group has provided preliminary input to draft amendments to the Plan (prior to their release for formal public feedback). Stakeholder input through the plan drafting and feedback stages supported the development of a draft Plan that best meets the needs of local water users and recognises water resource complexities for the area.
Great Forester River Catchment Water Management Plan Consultative Group Terms of Reference (255Kb)
The Consultative Group consists of the following members and stakeholder groups.
|Mr Andrew Baldwin||NRM North|
|Mr Roger Bignell||Water user/Dairy|
|Mr Wayne Bowman||Water user/Dairy|
|Mr Michael Caminada||Anglers Alliance Tasmania|
|Mrs Elizabeth Hall||Water user/Vegetable growers/Beef cattle|
|Mr Greg Howard||Dorset Council|
|Mr Russell McDougall||Tasmanian Irrigation|
|Mr Cameron Moore||Tasmanian Agricultural Productivity Group|
|Mr Nick Steel||Tasmanian Farmers and Graziers Association|
|Mr Peter Sattler||Dorset NRM|
|Mr Richard Sattler||Water user/Vegetable growers/Beef cattle|
|Ms Rebecca Sayles||TasWater|
We have completed the preliminary consultation with stakeholders to prepare the draft amendments to the Plan. The draft amended Water Management Plan for the Great Forester River catchment has been released for public comment. The public comment submission period has now closed.
Water resources information has been prepared to help us understand the water resource in the catchment and develop strategies to address specific water management issues: Water Resources Information for the Great Forester Catchment.
If you would like further information on the draft amended Water Management Plan please contact a member of the Consultative Group that best represents your interests or Danielle Hardie (Project Officer (Water Policy and Planning) on 0437 922 083 or via email at Danielle.Hardie@dpipwe.tas.gov.au
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