LLC WAP Science Review and Risk Assessment

In May 2018 the Minister for Environment and Water, The Hon David Speirs, put a hold on any further reductions to allocations in the Lower Limestone Coast while a review was conducted of the science underpinning the reductions in the water allocation plan. The Minister asked the South East Natural Resources Management Board (the Board) to lead the science review.

A Stakeholder Advisory Group was established by the Board to provide advice and input into the review of the science. The advisory group included irrigation, forestry, Conservation Council, SA Water, Local Government and SE Aboriginal Focus Group representatives.

The Goyder Institute for Water Research was engaged as an independent body to conduct the science review. The review found that a substantial body of scientific work underpins water allocation planning in the Lower Limestone Coast.  Please see the full report and plain language summary prepared by the Goyder Institute.

Based on recommendations from the science review, a new assessment of the risk to water resources in the Lower Limestone Coast, supported by the Stakeholder Advisory Group, was undertaken earlier this year. A summary of the outcomes of the risk assessment is available here.

The Minister has considered the outcomes of the science review and the risk assessment and intends to implement a number of changes to the reductions scheme set out in the LLC WAP. For more information please click here or contact David Williamson, Team Leader Water Licensing South East on (08)8735 1134.