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Question Without Notice No. 132 asked in the Legislative Council on 12 March 2019 by Hon Jacqui Boydell

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

Answered on

WATER RESOURCES MANAGEMENT — LEGISLATION

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

I refer to the minister's media statement dated 23 August 2018 entitled ''State moves to secure water future with reform of century-old laws''.

(1) At what stage of the drafting process is the new legislation?

(2) When does the minister anticipate the new water resources management bill will be introduced to Parliament?

(3) Why is this legislation not a priority for the McGowan Labor government?

(4) Will the government consider placing its cost-recovery regime for water licensing on hold until the water resources management legislation is considered by Parliament?

Hon ALANNAH MacTIERNAN replied:

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

(1) The government has approved the drafting of the water resources management bill.

(2) The bill will be introduced to Parliament once its drafting has been completed. The legislation is complex and drafting will take some time.

(3) The legislation is a priority for the McGowan government, unlike the former government, which despite announcing an intention to introduce such legislation to Parliament on multiple occasions, never got around to doing so.

(4) Cost recovery for assessment of water licences and permits is provided for under existing water legislation, and the government has introduced water licence application fees for only the mining and public water supply sectors.