Review and Amendment of the Great Forester Catchment Water Management Plan

​​​​​​​​​​​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 commenced a review of the Water Management Plan so that we manage water better and plan for the future to reflect and keep up with these changes.

Review and amendment process

The review and amendment of the Plan is 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 is being 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 will have 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 will support development of a Plan that best meet the needs of local water users and recognise 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 BaldwinNRM North
Mr Roger BignellWater user/Dairy
Mr Wayne BowmanWater user/Dairy
Mr Michael Caminada
Anglers Alliance Tasmania
Mrs Elizabeth HallWater user/Vegetable growers/Beef cattle
Mr Greg HowardDorset Council
Mr Russell McDougallTasmanian Irrigation
Mr Cameron Moore
Tasmanian Agricultural Productivity Group
Mr Nick Steel
Tasmanian Farmers and Graziers Association
Mr Peter SattlerDorset NRM
Mr Richard Sattler
Water user/Vegetable growers/Beef cattle
Ms Rebecca SaylesTasWater​

We are currently part-way through preliminary consultation with stakeholders to prepare the draft amendments to the Plan.  A draft amended Water Management Plan for the Great Forester River catchment is expected to be completed early 2020.


Further Information

Water resources information is being prepared to help us understand the water resource in the catchment and develop strategies to address specific water management issues.  

If you would like further information or would like to provide input to the preliminary drafting of amendments to the Water Management Plan, please contact a member of the Consultative Group that best represents your interests or for further information please contact Danielle Hardie (Project Officer (Water Policy and Planning)) on 03 6165 3226 or via email at or Chris Cleary (Principal Planner) on 03 6165 3224 or


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  Review and Amendment of the Great Forester Water Management Plan - Update 1 June 2019   (383Kb)​


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