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
(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
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.
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.