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Western Mount Lofty Ranges water licensing changes

Roll-out of the licensing regime across the Western Mount Lofty Ranges is nearing completion. 

No applications for new water allocations will be approved until:  
  • the existing water user licence process is completed, including resolution of any appeals  
  • a decision is reached on the release of unallocated water. 

Western Mount Lofty Ranges water allocation plan adopted

A new water allocation plan for the Western Mount Lofty Ranges Prescribed Water Resources Area was adopted by the Honourable Ian Hunter MLC, Minister for Sustainability, Conservation and Environment on 17 September 2013 under the Natural Resources Management Act 2004.

Water resources in the Western Mount Lofty Ranges were prescribed in 2005. Work began soon after to develop a water allocation plan that would guide the fair and sustainable management of water resources across the region. Extensive community and industry involvement was integral to the planning process.

Meeting the needs of existing water users is a priority of the water allocation planning and licensing process, while still ensuring the health of the environment.

The Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources delivers a range of permitting and licensing processes that are key to successfully implementing the WAP and securing sustainable water supplies.

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