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Australian Capital Territory (Surface Water) Water resource plan

The Australian Capital Territory formally submitted the proposed Australian Capital Territory (surface water) Water Resource Plan (proposed WRP) package for assessment to the Murray–Darling Basin Authority (the MDBA) under the Water Act 2007 (Cth) on 20 December 2019.

A previous version of the proposed WRP was submitted in April 2019. In September 2019 the ACT was notified of grounds on which the Authority considered that it should recommend the Minister not accredit the proposed WRP. On 27 September 2019, the ACT withdrew the version submitted in April 2019 and then resubmitted both proposed WRPs on 20 December 2019. Early assessment of these proposed WRPs highlighted a graphic design formatting issue that was subsequently corrected by the ACT and a correctly formatted proposed WRP provided to MDBA on 15 January 2020.

At the time of publication, a recommendation on accreditation has not yet been made by the MDBA to the Commonwealth Minister responsible for water. The proposed WRP is not operational. The publication of the proposed WRP on the MDBA’s website is to enable transparency.

* Note: Some parts of Appendix K to the proposed WRP have been redacted due to cultural sensitives at the request of the ACT government on behalf of the Traditional Owners.

Downloads

Australian Capital Territory (Surface Water) proposed Water Resource Plan Factsheet
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Key documents
Australian Capital Territory Water Resource Plans for Surface Water and Groundwater December 2019 Part 1
Australian Capital Territory Water Resource Plans for Surface Water and Groundwater December 2019 Part 2
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Relevant state legislation and policy
Australian Capital Territory – Water Resource Act 2007
Australian Capital Territory – Water Resources Regulation 2007
Australian Capital Territory – Water Resources Environmental Flow Guidelines (No. 2) 2019
Australian Capital Territory – Water Resources (Water Management Areas) Determination 2019
Australian Capital Territory – Water Resources (Water Available from Areas) Determination (No. 2) 2019
Australian Capital Territory – Utilities (Water Restriction Scheme) Approval 2010 (No 1)
ACT Planning and Development Act 2007
Australian Capital Territory – Territory Plan 2008 Section 9.2 (Non-Urban Zones Development Code)
Australian Capital Territory – Territory Plan 2008 Section 10.2 (District Precinct Maps and Codes)
Australian Capital Territory – Territory Plan 2008 Section 11.8 (Water Use and Catchment General Code)
ACT Environment Protection Regulation 2005
ACT Water Meter Installation, Maintenance and Replacement Guidelines March 2015
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Supporting information
Development of Source models for the ACT and Region December 2017
Method for Determining the Annual Permitted Take of Surface Water in the ACT February 2019
Updated: 17 Mar 2020  •   MDBA reports