Hon Dave Kelly BA MLA

Hon Dave Kelly BA MLA

Minister for Water; Forestry; Youth

    State moves to secure water future with reform of century-old laws

    23/08/2018 5:45 PM
    • McGowan Government approves modernisation of laws to secure State's water future
    • Consolidating six Acts into a single Water Resources Management Act
    • Streamlined regulatory approach to ensure efficient use and sustainable management of our shared water resources  

    The McGowan Government is progressing new water resources management legislation that will modernise century-old water laws to secure Western Australia's water future in the face of climate change.


    The Water Resources Management Bill will consolidate six pieces of water legislation, some dating back over 100 years, into one modern statute that will be easier to understand and administer. 


    The reforms will safeguard water supplies and increase certainty for water users while ensuring the long-term sustainability of water resources and protecting the environment. It will also reduce red tape by enabling faster licensing decisions and easier trading, especially in low risk situations.


    The new legislation will provide tools to manage high use water resources that are being impacted by climate change such as Perth's main Gnangara groundwater system and WA's south-west.  It will also provide for new and innovative ways of using water such as managed aquifer recharge and geothermal technology. 


    A key feature of the reforms is recognition of Aboriginal people's spiritual, social customary and economic use of water. 


    Comments attributed to Water Minister Dave Kelly:


    "The previous government committed to new water legislation but after eight years didn't get the job done.


    "This legislation will allow us to better manage WA's water resources that are being impacted by climate change and provide secure water supplies for future generations.


    "Access to water underpins many WA industries, which in turn supports our economy and WA jobs.


    "Water legislative reform has been more than a decade in the making and is strongly supported by industry, water users and the community alike."


    Minister's office - 6552 6100