Western Mount Lofty Ranges
- the existing water user licence process is completed, including resolution of any appeals
- the Water Allocation Plan has been adopted
- a decision is reached on the release of unallocated water.
Roll-out of the licensing regime across the Western Mount Lofty Ranges is expected to take at least one year from the start of September 2012.
Water management in the Western Mount Lofty Ranges
Water resources in the Western Mount Lofty Ranges were prescribed on 20 October 2005 under the Natural Resources Management Act 2004.
The Western Mount Lofty Ranges Water Allocation Plan (WAP) has been developed by the Adelaide and Mount Lofty Ranges Natural Resources Management Board, in consultation with the community and industry. The plan guides the sustainable management of the region’s water resource.
Meeting the needs of existing water users is a priority of the water allocation and licensing process, while still ensuring the health of the environment.
There are a range of permit and licensing processes delivered by the Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources that are key to successfully implementing the WAP and securing sustainable water supplies.
- Water licences and allocations for existing users
- Proposed regulation to extend the licensing application period for water users
- Metering water use
- Managing areas of high water demand
- Securing low flow releases for a healthy environment
- Proposed responding to a proposed water licence package
- Applications for new water allocations in the Western Mount Lofty Ranges