Lower Limestone Coast Water Allocation Plan

A Water Allocation Plan (WAP) for the Lower Limestone Coast was adopted on 26 November 2013. Since the adoption, there have been two lots of amendments made. The details of these amendments are available below. The current Lower Limestone Coast Water Allocation Plan, subsequent documents and related factsheets are here:

The Lower Limestone Coast WAP has taken 10 years to complete, involving extensive community consultation and research. In what is believed to be a world first, legislative changes were made to the Natural Resources Management Act 2004 that require commercial forestry to become a licensed water user.

The WAP is designed to:

  • protect the resource for all water users, now and into the future
  • establish the rules for managing, taking and using prescribed water
  • provide security and equity between water users now and into the future
  • balance the capacity and sustainability of the region’s water resources and the needs of the environment
  • take into account any potentially detrimental effects on the quality or quantity of water resources from taking or using water
  • identify how water will be allocated and the amount of water available for allocation
  • provide rules for transferring licences and allocations, how trading of water will occur and the criteria for water affecting activity permits.

Kingston Confined Aquifer Groundwater Model

A groundwater modelling project has been completed for the Kingston Confined Aquifer Management Area. This fulfils a commitment by the SE NRM Board outlined in the Lower Limestone Coast Water Allocation Plan. The project has resulted in a report which models a range of extraction scenarios to examine the impact of different levels of extraction on the confined aquifer. This work has been undertaken to assist determining the amount of water to be allocated from the confined aquifer to ensure long-term sustainable use.

You can view the report, South East confined aquifer modelling investigations - Kingston groundwater management area, online. We have also prepared an information sheet which summarises the outcome of the project. For more information or for hard copies of of these documents contact us on 08 8762 9702. 

Inter - Management Area Trade

As of 1 July 2016, in accordance with the Lower Limestone Coast Water Allocation Plan, water allocations can be transferred or traded either permanently or temporarily across Management Area boundaries.

Download the fact sheet detailing the processes required to apply for an Inter-Management Area allocation transfer.

Download the Inter-Management Area Trade volumes table. This document is updated regularly, please note the date on the table.

For further information please contact us on 08 8735 1134.

Amendments to the Lower Limestone Coast WAP

November 2015

Below are the amendments that have been accepted by the Minister. A certificate of amendment is available. The amended Water Allocation Plan and its appendix are available from the top of this page. 

The following amendments were made to the Water Allocation Plan for the Lower Limestone Coast Prescribed Wells Area on 20 November 2015, by the Minister for Sustainability, Environment and Conservation under section 89(2)(a)(i) of the Natural Resources Management Act 2004, to address a number of unfair assumptions or positions contained or reflected in the Plan, as follows:

Page of Plan as adopted on 26/11/13

Reads

Amended to

Unconfined aquifer

95, principle 28

Delivery supplement

The Minister will not consider:

a)      any request under principles 19 or 20 received by DEWNR after 5 p.m. on the nearest business day following six months after date of adoption; and

b)      for the purposes of principles 26 and 27:

  1. any request received by DEWNR after 5 p.m. on the nearest business day following six months after date of adoption; and
  2. where no Annual Water Use Report for any of the 2010/11 or 2011/12 water use years was received by DFW (now DEWNR) by 31 July 2012;

instead the licensee will be considered to have carried out no flood or spray irrigation during the 2010/11 and 2011/12 water use years.

The Minister will not consider:

a)      any request under principles 19 or 20 received by DEWNR after 5 p.m. on Thursday 24 December 2015; and

b)      for the purposes of principles 26 and 27:

  1. any request received by DEWNR after 5 p.m. on Thursday 24 December 2015; and
  2. where no Annual Water Use Report for any of the 2010/11 or 2011/12 water use years was received by DFW (now DEWNR) by 31 July 2012;

instead the licensee will be considered to have carried out no flood or spray irrigation during the 2010/11 and 2011/12 water use years.

96, principle 31

Specialised production requirements

The Minister will not consider any request under principle 29 received by DEWNR after 5 p.m. on the nearest business day following six months after date of adoption.

The Minister will not consider any request under principle 29 received by DEWNR after 5 p.m. on Thursday 24 December 2015.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Confined aquifer

133, principle 194

Delivery supplement

The Minister will not consider:

a)      any request under principles 186 or 187 received by DEWNR after 5 p.m. on the nearest business day following six months after date of adoption;

b)       and for the purposes of principles 192 and 193:

  1. any request received by DEWNR after 5 p.m. on the nearest business day following six months after date of adoption; and
  2. where no Annual Water Use Report for any of the 2010/11 or 2011/12 water use years was received by DFW (now DEWNR) by 31 July 2012;

instead the licensee will be considered to have carried out no flood or spray irrigation during the 2010/11 and 2011/12 water use years.

The Minister will not consider:

a)      any request under principles 186 or 187 received by DEWNR after 5 p.m. on Thursday 24 December 2015; and

b)      for the purposes of principles 192 and 193:

  1. any request received by DEWNR after 5 p.m. on Thursday 24 December 2015; and
  2. where no Annual Water Use Report for any of the 2010/11 or 2011/12 water use years was received by DFW (now DEWNR) by 31 July 2012;

instead the licensee will be considered to have carried out no flood or spray irrigation during the 2010/11 and 2011/12 water use years.

134, principle 197

Specialised production requirements

The Minister will not consider any request under principle 195 received by DEWNR after 5 p.m. on the nearest business day following six months after date of adoption.

The Minister will not consider any request under principle 195 received by DEWNR after 5 p.m. on Thursday 24 December 2015.

 

 

 

 

 

December 2014

Below are amendments that have been accepted by the Minister. A printable version is available. A certificate of amendment is also available.

Amendments made by the South East Natural Resources Management Board (SE NRM Board)

The SE NRM Board made a number of amendments to the Plan on 27 February 2014 under section 89(1)(a) of the Natural Resources Management Act 2004, to correct errors in the Plan or to make a change of form (not involving a change of substance) in the Plan, as follows:

Page of Plan as adopted on 26/11/13

Reads

Amended to

106, principle 73.

Incorrectly split into a) and b).

For the purposes of principle 72, where the licensee is not the registered proprietor of the land, the relevant Certificate(s) of Title will only be endorsed on the licence for:

a)     

b)      a maximum of five years unless otherwise specified in the written statement, where the subject land is in the same management area as the one the licence is referenced to; a maximum of five years, if the subject land is in a different management area than the one the licence is referenced to.

For the purposes of principle 72, where the licensee is not the registered proprietor of the land, the relevant Certificate(s) of Title will only be endorsed on the licence for:

a)      a maximum of five years unless otherwise specified in the written statement, where the subject land is in the same management area as the one the licence is referenced to;

b)      a maximum of five years, if the subject land is in a different management area than the one the licence is referenced to.

Page 156 (seventh paragraph).

Refers to incorrect principle numbers.

The purpose of the monitoring is to assess the success with which the environmental protection policy (section 6.2.3-6.2.5 and 6.2.82-6.2.87) protects these underground water dependent ecosystems, both at each site and more generally at a regional scale.

The purpose of the monitoring is to assess the success with which the environmental protection policy (principles 2-5 and 84-89) protects these underground water dependent ecosystems, both at each site and more generally at a regional scale.

158, last paragraph of 11.6.

The word “identified” was spelt incorrectly.

Evaluation and reporting of monitoring data for the 13 wetland complexes identified in Table 10 (Appendix of Figures and Tables) and for all high ecological value underground water dependent ecosystems indentified for protection through the Plan, should be undertaken annually.

Evaluation and reporting of monitoring data for the 13 wetland complexes identified in Table 10 (Appendix of Figures and Tables) and for all high ecological value underground water dependent ecosystems identified for protection through the Plan, should be undertaken annually.

170, Table 6 (Volumetric Conversion), Appendix of Figures and Tables

Columns E, F and G refer to the bridging volume for the Stewarts management area as N/A (not applicable).

Stewarts management area: columns E 0.68, F 7.01 and G 1.17 ML/haIE

172, Table 7 (Specialised Production Requirements), Appendix of Figures and Tables

The volumetric conversion zone of Monbulla was mistakenly omitted from Table 7.

 

Monbulla (ML per hectare of crop/infrastructure)

  • Grapevines Frost Control 1.55
  • Fruit Trees 0.38
  • Potatoes 1.35
  • Olives 0.28
  • Onions 1.10
  • Sub Clover Seed 0.31
  • Maximum Production Pasture:
    • Spray 1.27, Flood 2.51, Drip 1.20.

Amendments made by the Minister for Sustainability, Environment and Conservation

The following amendments were made to the Water Allocation Plan for the Lower Limestone Coast Prescribed Wells Area on 10 December 2014, by the Minister for Sustainability, Environment and Conservation under section 89(2)(a)(i) of the Natural Resources Management Act 2004, to address an unfair, inappropriate or unsustainable assumption or position contained or reflected in the Plan, as follows:

Page of Plan as adopted on 26/11/13

Reads

Amended to

Date of adoption as it applies to commercial forests

Page 52, Table 4.3.

Page 52, b).

Page 54, paragraphs 3-6.

Refers to the “date of adoption” or “adoption date”.

References to the “date of adoption” or “adoption date” amended to the “date of declaration”.

Page 54, paragraph 8

“Following the adoption of the Plan by the Minister, the Forest Threshold Expansion Opportunity shall cease to exist.”

“Following the declaration of the declared forestry area by the Minister, the Forest Threshold Expansion Opportunity shall cease to exist.”

Pages 82 - Definitions

No definition of the “Date of Declaration” was in the Plan.

“Date of Declaration” means the date that the Minister declares a declared forestry area under section 169B of the Act.

Pages 109-112, principles 91, 92, 95, 96, 104, 105c), 107b).

Principles and tables refer to the “date of adoption”.

References to the “date of adoption” amended to the “date of declaration”.

Page 109, principle 91

“for no more than three years prior”

“for no more than three years and eight months”

Page 110, principle 97

“Where land described in a Certificate of Title or Crown Lease with farm forestry established prior to date of adoption is subject to a change of land use to commercial forest, or, where the area of forest is increased after the date of adoption on land described in a Certificate of Title or Crown Lease that is part of a farm forest, such that the existing plantation established prior to the date of adoption no longer meets the definition of farm forestry, the original plantation area…”

“Where land described in a Certificate of Title or Crown Lease with farm forestry established prior to date of adoption is subject to a change of land use to commercial forest, or, where the area of forest is increased after the date of declaration on land described in a Certificate of Title or Crown Lease that is part of a farm forest, such that the existing plantation established prior to the date of adoption no longer meets the definition of farm forestry, the original plantation area…”

Page 110, principle 98

“Where land described in a Certificate of Title or Crown Lease with farm forestry established after the date of adoption is subject to a change of land use to commercial forest, or, where the area of forestry is increased on land described in a Certificate of Title or Crown Lease that is part of a farm after the date of adoption, such that the existing plantation established after the date of adoption no longer meets the definition of farm forestry…”

“Where land described in a Certificate of Title or Crown Lease with farm forestry established after the date of adoption is subject to a change of land use to commercial forest, or, where the area of forestry is increased on land described in a Certificate of Title or Crown Lease that is part of a farm after the date of declaration, such that the existing plantation established after the date of adoption no longer meets the definition of farm forestry…”

Page 128, principle 168.

Table 3 (Appendix of Figures and Tables).

Principles and tables refer to the “date of adoption”.

References to the “date of adoption” amended to the “date of declaration”.

Carry-over provisions for commercial forests

Page 108, sub-principle 83d)

Page 113, principles 109-114.

Page 128, sub-principle 169c).

These principles provided for the seasonal carry-over of unused water attached to a forest water licence. Under the NRM Act it is not permitted to carry-over water from a forest water licence.

Principles 109-114 & sub-principle 83d) deleted.

The words “carry overs or” deleted from sub-principle 169c).

Method of calculating the delivery supplement for split systems

Page 95, principle 27.

Page 133, principle 193.

These principles do not describe how the delivery supplement will be calculated in the event that there is reported nil use of one or more of the irrigation system types.

Principles 27 (unconfined aquifer) and 193 (confined aquifer) were amended to include the following new sub-principle d):

d)      where the licensee has reported nil use of one or more irrigation system types, the proportional split of irrigation system types shall be calculated based on the capacity of each irrigation system type.

 

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The Lower Limestone Coast Prescribed Wells Area was created by amalgamating three smaller prescribed wells areas.
View the previous three WAPs in the Lower Limestone Coast Prescribed Wells Area: