Last week the Department of Water (DoW) released the Gingin groundwater allocation plan for a three-month public comment period.
The plan sets out how water allocations and licences will be managed to maintain a reliable groundwater supply for agriculture, industry and urban development while also supporting local groundwater dependent systems.
The Gingin plan area covers 6000 sq km and includes the towns of Lancelin, Seabird, Guilderton, Dandaragan, Bindoon, Moora and Gingin.
‘Rising demand for water combined with the drying climate trend create additional challenges for sustainable water management in the |Gingin plan area,’ DoW water assessment and allocation director Susan Worley said.
‘The plan establishes how groundwater resources will be managed to support the needs of all groundwater users.
‘It also shows how local waterways such as the Moore River and Gingin Brook interact with groundwater.
‘The plan is based on the best available science, including information from a recent hydrogeological and environmental study of the Gingin plan area.’
Gingin Water Group chairman David Rickson said he had not seen the plan yet but hoped it addressed all concerns raised by farmers and residents.
‘We are certainly happy that the DoW has released the groundwater plan and have consulted widely on the production of the plan and we are happy they are working very hard to address the problems we have in the area,’ he said.
‘We are concerned about how much water will be allocated from the Mirrabooka aquifer into the environment and will be keen as a group to monitor this.’
Ms Worley said the plan had been developed in consultation with stakeholders and she encouraged people to have their say in the comment period.
The DoW will be holding workshops to introduce the plan and listen to comments.
The allocation plan will replace the 2002 allocation strategy for the Gingin groundwater area.
The Gingin groundwater allocation plan is open for public submissions until December 6.
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