Jurien Water Reserve Drinking Water Source Protection Plan updated
Released 09 Dec 2009
The department's Director General Kim Taylor said the plan aimed to meet Jurien's current and future water supply needs and to protect public health. Jurien was expected to grow over the next 20 years, but that would not happen if water was not available.
Mr Taylor said the water reserve's December 2008 protection plan was amended to reflect Minister for Water Dr Graham Jacobs' 4 March 2009 decision to change some land from Priority One (P1) to Priority Two (P2).
"The Minister's decision was made following a meeting he had with concerned stakeholders after the release of the protection plan in December," Mr Taylor said.
"The updated protection plan now includes advice that there is no measurable affect on market value of a property by being in a P2 area in Jurien.
"This was an ongoing concern of stakeholders that needed to be resolved before the protection plan could be finalised."
Mr Taylor also said it was clear from the department's own experience with P2 areas on rural land, and from information on market values, that landowners with P2 areas can continue to farm their land."
"Government now has the information it needs to consider whether proclamation of the proposed Jurien Water Reserve should occur.
"The proposed reserve will be most useful to state and local government planners when making planning decisions. They will be able to help protect Jurien's drinking water supply by controlling potentially contaminating land use proposals and activities. The protection plan also provides useful information for landowners and developers.
"Meanwhile, the continued good practice of landowners will help ensure the quality of drinking water for current and future consumers in Jurien."
Further information on the updated Jurien Water Reserve Drinking Water Source Protection Plan and the protection of Jurien's water supply can be obtained by contacting the Department of Water's Manager Water Source Protection Branch Mr Nigel Mantle on 6364 6883.
Contact: Dianne Dixon
Phone: (08) 6364 6983 / 0419 910 847