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Inquiry into Water Licensing and Services


Inquiry status:Past
Date commenced:24 Oct 2007
Tabling date:28 Feb 2008
Deadline for submissions:07 Dec 2007
Date Ended:28 Feb 2008
Committee:Economics and Industry Committee (2005 - 2008)
House:Legislative Assembly
Important Information:All submissions become the property of the Committee and will become public documents after tabling in the Legislative Assembly, unless the Committee resolves otherwise. The Committee can also resolve to publish submissions on the internet but has undertaken not to publish the personal contact details of people making submissions in this manner. Anyone seeking to make a confidential submission to the Committee should seek further information from the Committee’s Principal Research Officer prior to making their submission.
Terms of Reference:Terms of Reference:

That the Economics and Industry Standing Committee inquire into and report by 28 February 2008 on:

1. the benefits to, cost to and imposts on irrigators, industry, community and environment of a licensing system for the taking of water from groundwater or stream flow;
2. the full cost incurred by the Department of Water for administration of the current water licence system;
3. the extent to which the water licence administration fees meet cost recovery requirements the National Water Initiative (NWI) places on the State with respect to services delivered to water users;
4. the penalty or cost that might be applied to Western Australia by the Commonwealth under the NWI, if there was minimal or no cost recovery for services provided to water users by the Department of Water;
5. whether water licences and/or licence administration fees should be required for taking water under arrangements that are currently exempt; for example, residential bores drawing from an unconfined aquifer;
6. what recognition needs to be given to the cost incurred by landholders in harvesting water, including dam construction costs; and
7. the extent to which the NWI provides for a range of different licensing systems.

The members of the Committee are the Member for Yokine (Hon Mr Bob Kucera, MLA), Chair; the Member for Greenough (Mr Grant Woodhams, MLA), Deputy Chair; the Member for Maylands (Dr Judy Edwards, MLA); the Member for Collie (Mr Michael Murray, MLA); and the Member for Serpentine/Jarrahdale (Mr Tony Simpson, MLA).


Submission Number Submitting person/organisation
Western Australian Local Government Association received on 21 Dec 2007
City of Geraldton-Greenough received on 30 Nov 2007
Mr D Robinson received on 3 Dec 2007
Aquaculture Council of Western Australia Inc. received on 7 Dec 2007
Conservation Council of WA received on 19 Dec 2007
Scott River Growers Group received on 3 Dec 2007
Mr J Camkin received on 20 Dec 2007
Shire of Manjimup received on 4 Feb 2008
Department of Water received on 15 Feb 2008
Department of Water Addendum D received on 25 Jan 2008
Mr G Page received on 6 Dec 2007
Department of Water received on 21 Feb 2008
Yabby Producers Association Inc received on 13 Dec 2007
Department of Water received on 21 Dec 2007
Manjimup and Pemberton Landowners received on 28 Nov 2007
Department of Water Addendum B received on 25 Jan 2008
The Chamber of Minerals and Energy received on 14 Dec 2007
Mr S Newbold received on 6 Dec 2007
Marron Growers Association of WA received on 6 Dec 2007
Shire of Merredin received on 3 Jan 2008
Gascoyne Water Co-Operative Ltd received on 27 Nov 2007
Harvey Water received on 7 Dec 2007
Department of Environment and Conservation received on 5 Dec 2007
Department of Water Addendum A received on 18 Dec 2007
Irrigation Australia WA Region received on 11 Dec 2007
Salitage Wines Pemberton received on 28 Nov 2007
Town of Port Hedland received on 25 Jan 2008
City of Perth received on 6 Dec 2007
Department of Water received on 7 Feb 2008
Department of Water Addendum C received on 25 Jan 2008
Mr G Waugh received on 26 Nov 2007
Rio Tinto Iron Ore received on 7 Dec 2007
City of Bunbury received on 14 Dec 2007
Shire of Yilgarn received on 7 Jan 2008
Pastoralists and Graziers Association received on 12 Dec 2007
Shire of Manjimup received on 7 Dec 2007
South West Development Commission received on 10 Dec 2007
Shire of Boddington received on 11 Dec 2007
Shire of Wyndham-East Kimberley received on 7 Jan 2008
Economic Regulation Authority WA received on 10 Dec 2007
Pilbara Regional Council received on 31 Jan 2008
Shire of Goomalling received on 16 Jan 2008
Mr L Scibilia received on 6 Dec 2007
Harvey Water received on 16 Jan 2008
Mr C Scott received on 6 Dec 2007
Conservation Council of WA received on 8 Feb 2008
Department of Agriculture and Food received on 7 Dec 2007
Ord Irrigation Cooperative Ltd received on 12 Dec 2007
The Alliance of The Western Australian Farmers Federation (Inc), Potato Growers Assn of WA (Inc), Vegetables Growers Assn, and WA Fruit Growers Assn (Inc) received on 7 Dec 2007
Manjimup and Pemberton Landowners received on 7 Jan 2008
Related Documents/Response to Questions on Notice:
DateTimeVenueOrganisationWitnessBroadcastVideo
Videos:
Related Transcripts of Evidence:
Evidence by.. Professor Jorg Imberger, Centre for Water Research,University of Western Australia on 20 Dec 2007
Evidence by.. Mr Jeffrey Camkin (Private Citizen) on 20 Dec 2007
Evidence by.. Mr Harry Ortheil, Farmer, Collie Preston Water Action Group on 8 Jan 2008
Evidence by.. Mr Geoff Calder, General Manager, Harvey Water on 8 Jan 2008
Evidence by.. Mr Mark Wilkinson, Chairman, Summer Fruit, Western Australian Fruit Growers’ Association, Mr Alan Hill, Manager, Western Australian Fruit Growers’ Association, Ms Diane Fry, Farmer, Western Australian Fruit Growers’ Association, Mr Chris Scott, Orchardist, Western Australian Fruit Growers’ Association on 8 Jan 2008
Evidence by.. Mr Stephen Dilley, Water Spokesman, WA Farmers Federation, Mr Jim Turley, Executive Officer, vegetablesWA on 15 Jan 2008
Evidence by.. Mr Jeremy Hubble, Chief Executive Officer, Shire of Manjimup on 15 Jan 2008
Evidence by.. Mr Douglas Hall, Industry Development Officer, Irrigation Australia on 15 Jan 2008
Evidence by.. Mr Edward Roberts (Project Director - Water Law Reform, Department of Water), Ms Elizabeth Western (Manager, Water Licensing, Department of Water), Mr John Ruprecht (Acting Director General, Department of Water), Mr Michael Rowe (Manager, Policy Coordination and Reform, Department of Water). on 24 Jan 2008
Evidence by.. Mr Christopher Tallentire (Director, Conservation Council of WA), Mr Steven McKiernan (Water Policy Officer, Conservation Council of WA) on 31 Jan 2008
Related Reports:
Report No Title Date tabled Related documents
Appendix 7 Abstraction Charges in Practice14 Nov 2007
9 Water Licensing and Services28 Feb 2008More...