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Question Without Notice No. 1306 asked in the Legislative Council on 5 December 2018 by Hon Jacqui Boydell

Parliament: 40 Session: 1

Answered on 5 December 2018

WATER RESOURCE ASSESSMENT — FITZROY CATCHMENT

1306. Hon JACQUI BOYDELL to the Minister for Regional Development:

I refer to question without notice 1284.

(1) Will the minister table any correspondence between the state and federal governments on the Fitzroy catchment and the development of the water allocation plan?

(2) If no to (1), why not?

(3) Will the minister table any correspondence that highlights any actions already taken in the development and management of the Fitzroy catchment?

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

Hon ALANNAH MacTIERNAN replied:

I thank the member for the question.

(1)–(2) Both the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation and the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development were actively involved in technical aspects of the commonwealth-led northern Australia water resource assessment, released in September this year. CSIRO briefed state government agencies on the report and the information will be used to inform our election commitments.

(3) On Tuesday, 27 November, the McGowan government announced the appointment of Mr Bardy McFarlane as an expert stakeholder convenor on the Fitzroy River election commitments. Last week, in the Kimberley, Mr McFarlane met with a range of stakeholders, including Environs Kimberley, Martuwarra Fitzroy River Council, Rangelands NRM WA, the Kimberley Pilbara Cattlemen's Association, Jack Burton, Hancock Pastoral and local government representatives. I expect that Mr McFarlane will engage with the commonwealth government as part of the consultative process. I table the relevant press release.

[See paper 2303.]