Western Region Sustainable Water Strategy
The Western Region Sustainable Water Strategy is one of the four regional sustainable water strategies covering the state that were produced between 2006 and 2011. The first strategies completed were the Central Region Sustainable Water Strategy (SWS) in 2006 and the Northern Region SWS in 2009. The Gippsland Region SWS and the Western Region SWS were completed in November 2011.
Sustainable water strategies set out long-term plans to secure each region's water future. The strategies identify threats to water availability in each region and identify policies and actions to help water users, water corporations and catchment management authorities manage and respond to those threats over the next 50 years.
There were 272 submissions to the draft Western Region Sustainable Water Strategy.
The region covers agricultural and urban centres including Colac, Port Campbell, Horsham, Stawell, Ararat, Hamilton, Warrnambool and Portland. River basins include the Otway Coast, Corangamite, Hopkins, Glenelg, Portland Coast, Millicent, Wimmera, Avoca and the southern half of the Mallee.
The final strategy was released on 10 November 2011.
For an overview of the strategy, see the executive summary below. The strategy policy and actions are listed in the appendix.
The technical papers below and state-wide policy papers support information found in the strategy.
For a hard copy contact DEPI.
Technical reports supporting the strategy
These papers were prepared to guide development of the strategy. For information on the availability of new licences or information on trading licences, contact Southern Rural Water on 1300 139 510 or GWMWater on 1300 659 961.
Implementing the strategy
The key organisations involved in water management in the region include:
- Department of Environment and Primary Industries
- Southern Rural Water
- urban water corporations
- catchment management authorities.
Responsibilities and timing are outlined with each action in chapters 3 to 10, and summarised in the index of policies and actions..
Water corporations and catchment management authorities are incorporating these actions into their water supply-demand strategies and catchment strategies.
For background on the strategy go to Developing the Western Region SWS.
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