Hon Graham Jacobs MBBS FRACGP MLA

Hon Graham Jacobs MBBS FRACGP MLA

Former Minister for Water; Mental Health

    Seven-year review of Carnarvon horticultural precinct allocations.

    13/09/2010 12:00 AM

    Water Minister Graham Jacobs announced today that all groundwater licences in the Carnarvon horticultural precinct’s Basin A would be reviewed before they expire on December 31.


    Dr Jacobs said an important step in realising the outcomes of the Gascoyne Foodbowl Initiative was to reduce the potential for over abstraction to occur and to ensure the reliability of the water supply for the horticultural industry.  


    “The Department of Water has embarked on a review as outlined in the 2004 Lower Gascoyne Groundwater Management Strategy,” he said.


    “In line with the management plan, measures are being put in place to reduce the level of over-allocation by way of the allocation review.


    The Basin A resource is one of the most understood groundwater resources in the State, including its response to the variable nature of recharge events, and this review is an important step in managing this finite resource.


    The Minister said the entitlement review focused on matching water entitlements to water quality and quantity as well as land.  To ensure consistency across all licensees, annual allocation entitlements were being reviewed and amended using the methodology outlined in the 2004 management plan. 


    He said that the amended allocation entitlement would be based on the calculation outlined in the plan.


    By starting to remove these unused on paper entitlements, the review aims to improve the reliability of water in Basin A for the horticultural industry, especially during periods of drought.


    It is expected that the amendment process will commence this month (September 2010), and licensees will be notified of their proposed entitlement at that time,” Dr Jacobs said.


    “All licence holders will have an opportunity to talk to the department about their specific situation, and the department will soon contact each grower with further information. 


    “The Liberal-National Government supports sustainable development of the horticultural industry in Carnarvon so that the limited water resources available to them are better utilised.”


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