Water Resource Plans for Victoria
The Murray-Darling Basin Plan requires Victoria to prepare water resource plans by June 2019. Victoria, SA, NSW, Queensland and the ACT have to prepare water resource plans for areas described in the Basin Plan.
Victoria is producing plans for its five water resource plan areas including:
- Wimmera-Mallee surface water;
- Wimmera-Mallee groundwater;
- Victorian Murray surface water;
- Northern Victoria surface water; and
- Goulburn Murray groundwater.
Victoria's water resource plans are being developed in partnership with water corporations and catchment management authorities and in consultation with environmental managers, Traditional Owners, industry bodies, local government and Basin communities.
Water resource plans will bring together existing arrangements under Victoria's legislation, bulk water and environmental entitlements, groundwater management plans, sustainable water strategies and other water planning instruments.
The plans must show how Victoria will comply with sustainable diversion limits on the amount of surface water and groundwater that can be taken and used in catchments from 1 July 2019.
They will also consider:
- environmental watering;
- risks from climate change and drought;
- how medium or high risks to water availability and quality will be managed; and
- Aboriginal water values and uses.
The Murray-Darling Basin Authority (MDBA) will assess Victoria's water resource plans before they can be accredited by the Federal Minister for Water.
Wimmera-Mallee Water Resource Plan
The Victorian Government has prepared a draft Water Resource Plan for the Wimmera-Mallee as part of our implementation of the Murray-Darling Basin Plan.
The draft plan documents how we are meeting our Basin Plan requirements for the region, including an explanation of the region’s water resources, and our existing water management framework.
The Victorian Government is seeking community input and feedback to inform the final Wimmera-Mallee Water Resource Plan. Your views and ideas are important and the Government welcomes input from anyone with an interest in water resource management in the Wimmera-Mallee region.
To learn more about this plan, see upcoming community consultation sessions or make a submission, head to www.engage.vic.gov.au. The consultation will run until 18 August 2017.