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Question Without Notice No. 646 asked in the Legislative Council on 13 June 2019 by Hon Jacqui Boydell

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

Answered on

WATER RESOURCES MANAGEMENT — LEGISLATION

646. Hon JACQUI BOYDELL to the minister representing the Minister for Water:

I refer to the Minister for Water's press release dated Thursday, 23 August 2018 announcing reform of the state's water future by consolidating six acts into a single water resources management act.

(1) Will the minister table details of all stakeholder and industry consultation undertaken to date?

(2) For any industry bodies that have not been consulted yet, when can they expect to be consulted, and please outline the format in which the consultation will take place?

(3) Does the minister have a time line for the completion of stakeholder and industry consultation?

(4) Can the minister please provide an update to the answers to parts (1) and (2) of question without notice 132 asked by me on 12 March this year?

Hon ALANNAH MacTIERNAN replied:

I thank the member for the question. The following information has been given to me by the Minister for Water.

(1) Ongoing consultation is being undertaken through the Water Resources Reform Reference Group, which includes representatives from vegetablesWA, WAFarmers, the Chamber of Minerals and Energy of Western Australia, the Western Australian Local Government Association, the WA division of the Urban Development Institute of Australia, the Australian Water Association, Forest Industries Federation (WA) Inc, water cooperatives, the Association of Mining and Exploration Companies, the Conservation Council of Western Australia, the WA Environmental Defender's Office, the Australian Petroleum Production and Exploration Association, the Water Corporation, Irrigation Australia Ltd, the Australian Drilling Industry Association, and the Pastoralists and Graziers Association of Western Australia.

(2) Consultation will continue to occur through meetings with the Water Resources Reform Reference Group, whose membership represents key industry stakeholders.

(3) Consultation is ongoing.

(4) The responses given in parts (1) and (2) of question without notice 132 remain current.