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Parliamentary Questions

Question Without Notice No. 485 asked in the Legislative Council on 19 May 2022 by Hon Dr Steve Thomas

Parliament: 41 Session: 1

Answered on 19 May 2022

WATER RESOURCES MANAGEMENT — MANJIMUP

485. Hon Dr STEVE THOMAS to the Minister for Regional Development:

I refer to the CSIRO report titled Future climate streamflow estimation in the Donnelly River catchment dated 25 January 2022, which states on page 41 that work done by the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development and the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions shows that watertables in the Manjimup region have fallen.

(1) Will the minister table the work undertaken to date by DPIRD and DBCA; and, if not, why not?

(2) Will this work be completed and made public before the draft forest management plan 2024–2033 is released for public comment?

(3) If no to (2), why not?

(4) Are DPIRD and DBCA undertaking work on watertables in other parts of the south west and Peel regions; and, if yes, in which areas or catchments?

Hon DARREN WEST replied:

I thank the honourable member for some notice of the question. On behalf of the fabulous Minister for Regional Development, I provide the following answer.

(1)–(3) The Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development and the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions, with the support of the University of Western Australia, is undertaking a review of the southern forests research catchments, established in the 1970s to assess the change in watertables. Preliminary data was provided to the CSIRO to support its modelling. A report from DPIRD will be made available after the data has been analysed, which is anticipated to be completed by December 2022.

(4) DPIRD is reviewing groundwater level changes across the Agricultural Region based on data from surveillance bores in unproclaimed areas on cleared farmland.