Water Allocation Plan review set to begin

STARTING UP: The Lower Limestone Coast Water Allocation Plan review will take place after it was announced by the Limestone Coast Landscape Board (LCLB).

THE Lower Limestone Coast Water Allocation Plan’s (WAP) review will begin after it was announced by the Limestone Coast Landscape Board (LCLB).

LCLB general manager Steve Bourne said the Lower Limestone Coast WAP was pivotal in directing the long-term sustainability of the area’s water resources as well as the people, environment, townships, and industries which rely upon those resources.

The review will take a staged approach, commencing with an evaluation of the current plan which is expected to be completed by December 2023.

The evaluation will also consider if the plan remains appropriate or whether amendment is required.

If the WAP requires amending it would be undertaken as stage two.

To mark the commencement of the review process, the LCLB is seeking expressions of interest from individuals, industry and community group representatives for appointment to the Lower Limestone Coast WAP Stakeholder Advisory Group.

LCLB Chair Penny Schulz said if people are passionate about water resource management in the Lower Limestone Coast, then it would be an opportunity for them to inform the planning for sustainable water use, balancing the needs of the environment, industry, social and culture for the resource.

Representing the diversity of community, environment, primary production and industry in the area, the Stakeholder Advisory Group will support the comprehensive review of the water allocation plan.

“It is an opportunity for primary producers, community representatives and water users to have a direct role in informing the review,” Ms Schulz said.

The Lower Limestone Coast Water Allocation Plan Stakeholder Advisory Group will provide objective advice and recommendations to the LCLB towards the sustainable use, conservation and management of water in the Lower Limestone Prescribed Wells Area.

“We encourage individuals or groups interested in joining the stakeholder advisory group to visit our engagement platform to access the Terms of Reference and further information pertaining to the LLC WAP review.“ Mr Bourne said.