Draft Far North Prescribed Wells Area Water Allocation Plan 2019-2029

The current WAP, adopted in 2009, has reached the end of its 10-year life and for the past three years, we have been reviewing the document to update it which has included consulting with stakeholders.

As a result, the SAAL NRM Board has released its:

Consultation process

The current consultation process is the final stage of the review process.

Groundwater users and others with an interest in the management of South Australia’s portion of the Great Artesian Basin had an opportunity to contribute to a statutory review of the Far North Prescribed Wells Area Water Allocation Plan (WAP) in 2018/19, which gathered opinion about the strengths and weaknesses of the existing plan. This was stage one of the process.

In stage two specific issues and policy positions have been discussed through a series of meetings with licensees and stakeholder groups and a revised draft was prepared in response to this feedback and to include new scientific knowledge about the Great Artesian Basin function and the increasing industry demands on the resource.

The final phase of this process is the statutory consultation on the draft plan which commenced on 12 November 2019 and closes on 17 April, 2020.

Following information sessions held in Coober Pedy and Marree in November 2019, formal consultation meetings are planned for February and March 2020. To be held in Coober Pedy, Adelaide, Marree and Innamincka, these meetings provide an opportunity to provide comments on the Draft WAP for the Board’s consideration.

These meetings will be held at:

  • Coober Pedy Golf Club, 17 February, 1-4pm
  • Adelaide Science Exchange, (55 Exchange Place) 27 February, 4-7pm


CHANGE: Innamincka & Marree District - online meetings

 Official consultation meetings to discuss the draft Water Allocation Plan that were scheduled for Marree and Innamincka will now be offered to all landholders in the Far North Prescribed Wells Area in their own homes through the Zoom e-conference platform.

Two different sessions will be offered with the a choice of days to attend.

  • Session 1 (2 hours) - Initial Water Allocation Plan Consultation Session & Summary of what we’ve heard so far (ideal for those who haven’t yet attended a session) Saturday 4 April 9:30am-11:30am or Sunday 5 April 2pm-4pm
  • Session 2 (1.5 hour session) - Overview of what we’ve heard so far (targeted to those who have already been to the initial consultation session) Saturday 4 April 5pm-6:30pm or Sunday 5 April 9:30-11:00am

Choose the day and time to be involved in one of the meetings, please register with Lucy Morphett on 0437 795 792 or by email at lucy.goldspink@sa.gov.au before Thursday 2 April. Lucy will then email you login details and directions to access the program.

Important - registrations are essential. Anyone that doesn’t register to attend by Thursday afternoon won’t be able to connect.

Consultation on the document closes on Friday 17 April 2020 at 5pm.


A Consultation Feedback Sheet, posing thoughts for consideration has also been provided. It can be saved to your desktop and printed or submitted electronically.

How to get involved

You can download a copy of the Draft WAP

or request a printed copy by emailing DEW.SAALNRMAridlands@sa.gov.au or phoning 8648 5300. A document detailing answers to some frequently asked questions has also been prepared, which may assist those who are unfamiliar with the language and concepts found in water allocation plan and to explain some of the terminology found in the document.

Comment about the draft plan can be submitted in writing and emailed to DEW.SAALNRMAridlands@sa.gov.au or posted to:

Regional NRM Manager

SA Arid Lands NRM Board


Port Augusta SA 5700.

For information about the review contact, Simone Stewart, Principal Policy Officer, at simone.stewart@sa.gov.au

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