South Eastern Water Conservation Drainage Board

The South Eastern Water Conservation and Drainage (SEWCD) Board Management Plan for 2016/17-2018/19 outlines the key activities that will be undertaken over the next three years to meet the objectives of the South Eastern Water Conservation and Drainage Act 1992.

Read the plan here.

The management of the South East Drainage System is governed and influenced by a number of State and Local Government Acts, inter-jurisdictional agreements and policies.

South Eastern Water Conservation and Drainage Act 1992

The high level purpose for management of the South East Drainage Network is set out in the South Eastern Water Conservation and Drainage Act 1992, which is described as:

An Act to provide for the conservation and management of water and the prevention of flooding of rural land in the South East of the State; and for other related purposes”.

The Act specifies a number of objects to be achieved in its administration, which includes:

• the prevention or minimisation of damage to agricultural production and the natural environment caused by flooding within the South East; and

• the improvement of the soil quality and the productiveness generally of rural lands in the South East; and

• the enhancement or development of natural wetlands and the natural environment generally in the South East.

South Eastern Water Conservation and Drainage (SEWCD) Board

Under the South Eastern Water Conservation and Drainage Act 1992, the SEWCD Board has the following functions and obligations:

• To provide an effective and efficient system for managing the surface water of the non-urban lands in the South East, by conserving, draining, altering the flow of or utilising that water in any manner

• To carry out works for the purpose of lowering the level of the water table of lands in the South East

• To undertake, assist or promote research in the fields of water conservation, drainage and management

• To give advice and assistance to others in the fields of water conservation, drainage and management

• The enhancement or development of natural wetlands and the natural environment generally in the South East.

Staff of Natural Resources, South East are assigned to the SEWCD Board and operate the South East’s drains and floodways, with the aims of minimising any negative impacts of flooding of agricultural land, improving soil quality and productivity and protecting and enhancing wetlands and watercourses.


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