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Parliamentary Questions

Question Without Notice No. 1207 asked in the Legislative Council on 22 November 2018 by Hon Diane Evers

Minister responding: Hon D.J. Kelly
Parliament: 40 Session: 1

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SOUTHERN FORESTS IRRIGATION SCHEME — WARREN–DONNELLY CATCHMENT

1207. Hon DIANE EVERS to the minister representing the Minister for Water:

I refer to the Warren–Donnelly catchment area and the proposed southern forests irrigation scheme.

(1) Have any water allocations been refused in the Warren–Donnelly catchment area in the past year?

(2) If yes to (1), how many and for what reasons?

(3) Is there an update to the 2012 ''Warren–Donnelly surface water allocation plan'' on the department's website?

(4) If yes to (3), will the minister please table a copy and request the department to update the website?

(5) If no to (3), when will it be updated?

(6) Has the department recently conducted updated allocation modelling for the proposed SFIS?

(7) If yes to (6), will the minister please table the information?

The PRESIDENT: I just remind the member about the standing orders in relation to a concise question.

Hon ALANNAH MacTIERNAN replied:

I thank the member for the question. The Minister for Water has provided the following answer.

(1) Yes.

(2) Eleven applications were refused due to surface water resources being fully allocated.

(3) No.

(4) Not applicable.

(5) No date has been set for a new plan to be produced. Allocation limits are being reviewed for the Donnelly River catchment. Changes to allocation limits will be publicly announced through advertising in local newspapers. This will be accompanied by a publicly available evaluation statement that will include information that supports management decisions on allocation limits. This will be published shortly.

(6) Allocation modelling has been undertaken on water use and availability in the Donnelly River catchment.

(7) As per part (5), information supporting allocation decisions will be published as part of the evaluation statement.