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Framework to co-ordinate inland drainage

Posted On January 16, 2013

Hon Bill Marmion
Minister for Environment; Water

Hon Terry Redman
Minister for Agriculture and Food

A drainage policy framework released today by the Liberal National Government will provide a clear and co-ordinated approach to inland drainage across the State.

Launching the Policy framework for inland drainage today, Water Minister Bill Marmion and Agriculture and Food Minister Terry Redman said the framework would guide the use of drainage as an option for inland farmers to manage salinity and waterlogging.

“Many farmers look to drainage as a solution for salinity and waterlogging problems. However, the use of drainage can have potential negative effects on downstream land users and the environment,” Mr Marmion said.

“The new framework will guide better management of water resources and public assets by addressing governance, risk management, planning and assessment, and operation and maintenance of drainage projects in inland Western Australia.”

Mr Redman said the framework would help proponents of inland drainage projects.

“The framework sets out an improved process for assessment of inland drainage proposals and makes clear the roles and responsibilities of government agencies and those looking at inland drainage as a way of managing salinity and waterlogging,” he said.

“It also provides clear and transparent guidelines to assist proponents in the planning and investigation of drainage projects.”

The policy framework was developed following extensive stakeholder and community consultation by the Wheatbelt Drainage Council, and supported by a technical working group which included representatives from the departments of Water; Environment and Conservation; and Agriculture and Food. State Natural Resource Management funding contributed to the preparation of tools and checklists to help in the planning of drainage proposals.

The policy framework is available on the Department of Water, Department of Environment and Conservation and Department of Agriculture and Food websites.

Source: ProjectLink.com.au

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