Review and Amendment of the Mersey Water Management Plan


The current Mersey Water Management Plan was adopted in 2005.

The Plan sets out the framework for managing the water resources in the Mersey Water Management Plan Area, in accordance with the Water Management Act 1999, to ensure that water resources in the Plan area are managed to optimise its benefits for a range of users, including the community, the environment and commercial users.​

DPIPWE has commenced a review of the Water Management Plan so that we manage water better and plan for the future.

Review and Amendment Process

The review and amendment of the Plan is being undertaken according to Section 34 of the Water Management Act 1999. Information on the process to review and amend the Plan is provided in 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 will be conducted in consultation with the key stakeholders through the Mersey 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 support the DPIPWE 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.​

The Consultative Group consists of the following members and stakeholder groups.

Marie Egerrup
Hydro Tasmania
Rob Freeman​Inland Fisheries Service
Brett Perkins
​Mersey Irrigators Group
​​Iona Flett
​​Cradle Coast Authority NRM
​David Skipper
​Tasmanian Irrigation
​Nathan Richardson
​Tasmanian Farmers and Graziers Association
​Nick Cramp
​Tributary water licence holder
​​Grant Flowers
​Anglers Alliance Tasmania
​David Addison
​Tasmanian Agricultural Productivity Group
​To be finalised
​Paddle Tasmania
​​Carol Bryant
Devonport City Council​​

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. 

For further information or to be put in touch with a representative please contact the Department on 03 677 72243 or 03 616 53221 or via email at  ​

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