The Lower Limestone Coast Water Allocation Plan is being amended

Amendment of the Lower Limestone Coast Water Allocation Plan (the Plan) began in March 2024. The transition to amendment follows the conclusion of an 18-month review period which found that change to the Plan is required for it to remain appropriate for the region.

Amendment is focusing on new knowledge, sustainable allocation, environmental provisions, legislative and policy alignment, licensing complexity, administrative ease and the water market.

Revising the plan will be a complex process, we encourage you to stay connected and take up opportunities to participate as they arise. We look forward to working with you to improve water resource management in the Lower Limestone Coast.

Stakeholder Advisory Group meeting #2 update

See below for the update from the second Stakeholder Advisory Group meeting for the amendment of the Plan.

Stakeholder Advisory Group

The Lower Limestone Coast Water Allocation Plan Amendment Stakeholder Advisory Group will provide objective advice and recommendations to the Limestone Coast Landscape Board towards the sustainable use, conservation and management of water in the Lower Limestone Coast Prescribed Wells Area.

Stakeholder Advisory Group meetings

Meeting #2 update

Venue TBC, Coonawarra, 10.30 am to 3.30 pm

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UniSA, Mount Gambier, 10.30am to 3.30 pm

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Minutes to be confirmed in Meeting 3

Chardonnay Lodge 103.30 am to 3.30 pm

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Confirmed minutes

Stakeholder Advisory Group Members

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Dr Penny Schulz

LLC WAP Stakeholder Advisory Group Chair

Representing the Limestone Coast Landscape Board

Pete Bissell Co-Chair

Pete Bissell

LLC WAP Stakeholder Advisory Group Co-Chair

Representing the Limestone Coast Landscape Board

Alan Rossouw

Representing the Softwood Forestry Sector

Belinda Williamson

Representing the Manufacturing Industry

Belinda has worked as an Environmental Engineer in sawmilling for 25+ years and has experience in large groundwater remediation projects.


Claire Harding

Representing Environment and Conservation

Conservation Ecologist, National Parks and Wildlife Service, manager of public wetland assets. Claire has extensive local hydro-ecological knowledge.

Claire Davies

Representing the Viticulture Sector

Grape grower and member of the Wrattonbully Wine Region Association and Limestone Coast Grape & Wine Council, Claire has strong industry connections.

Darren Shelden

Representing the Hardwood Forestry Sector

Over 20 years in the forestry sector. Working at Australian Bluegum Plantations, Darren has hardwood and water allocation planning experience.

Graeme Hamilton

Representing the Dairy Sector

An active member of the South Australian Dairy Association, Graeme has extensive water allocation planning experience and owns a dairy in Glenburnie.

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James Prescott

Representing Environment & Conservation

A former Kongorong farmer and current member of the Friends of Mt Gambier Area Parks with an interest in the environment and wetland ecosystems.

Kerry DeGaris

Representing Livestock and Wool Production

Kerry has extensive water allocation planning experience, scientific expertise and owns a livestock and wool production property near Bool Lagoon.

Kylie Boston

Representing Irrigated Livestock Production Sector

A member of local government, Kylie has water allocation planning & dairy industry experience with a primary production background.

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Melissa Herpich

Representing Environment & Conservation

A member of environmental NGO Natural Glenelg Trust, Melissa is an ecologist with extensive knowledge of the region’s environmental values.

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Simon Sherriff

Public Water Supply

As Manager Regional Water Security at SA Water, Simon brings extensive experience in the technical and policy aspects of water resources management.

Peter Balnaves

Representing the Viticulture Sector

As a leader in the wine industry Peter has 18 years’ experience representing the industry in Lower Limestone Coast water planning processes.

Terry Buckley

Representing the Horticulture Sector

Terry has nearly 50 years’ experience producing potatoes and also produces prime lambs from irrigated pasture.

Wayne Hancock

Representing Irrigated Livestock Production

A member of the Mid-South Irrigators Group, Wayne has a deep knowledge of water planning & has a primary production enterprise in Townsend & Bowaka.

Review

The Lower Limestone Coast Water Allocation Plan was reviewed in 2022-23. A Stakeholder Advisory Group was formed to support the review process, supporting comprehensive discussions of the principles in the Plan and what remained appropriate or needed amendment.

In addition to the Stakeholder Advisory Group the LC Landscape Board held information and feedback sessions to broaden the reach of the review. In total of 18 sessions were held for various industries and community groups.

The Lower Limestone Coast Water Allocation Plan Amendment Stakeholder Advisory Group will provide objective advice and recommendations to the Limestone Coast Landscape Board towards the sustainable use, conservation and management of water in the Lower Limestone Coast Prescribed Wells Area.

These meeting were held as part of the review which concluded in October 2023.

Meeting #11

Wednesday 25 October 2023

Agenda


Meeting #10

Thursday 21 September 2023

Agenda

Minutes


Meeting #9

Thursday 17 August 2023

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Minutes


Meeting #8

Thursday 13 July 2023

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Minutes


Meeting #7

Thursday 15 June 2023

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Minutes


Meeting #6

Wednesday 17 May 2023

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Meeting #5

Wednesday 29 March 2023

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Meeting #4

Wednesday 22 February 2023

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Meeting #3

Thursday 19 January 2023

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Minutes


Meeting #2

Friday 18 November 2022

Agenda

Minutes


Meeting #1

Thursday 20 October 2022

Agenda

Minutes

News & events

  • Review moves to an amendment process

    The amendment of the Lower Limestone Coast Water Allocation Plan (the Plan) is set to begin in early 2024.

    The announcement follows the conclusion of an 18 month review period which has found that amendment is required for the Plan to remain appropriate for the region.

    We sincerely thank the licence holders, community members and industry and interest groups and in particular the Stakeholder Advisory Group who contributed to the review process.

  • Community Information Sessions

    The Limestone Coast Landscape Board wrapped up their Lower Limestone Coast Water Allocation Plan review roadshow, culminating in community information sessions held in Mt Gambier, Naracoorte and online in September.

    The public information sessions were open to anyone in the community with an interest in learning more about our groundwater resources and the role of the Lower Limestone Coast Water Allocation Plan in their management.

  • Sessions to support stakeholder understanding

    Over 16 information sessions were held in 2023 with stakeholders from industry groups such as dairy, cropping, livestock and forestry as part of the series to ensure water licence holders, industry representatives and environment groups have an opportunity to be involved in the review of the Lower Limestone Coast Water Allocation Plan.

    The purpose of these sessions was to provide groups the opportunity to contribute directly to the process and broaden their understanding of the review.

    See 'events' in the above menu for upcoming events
  • Representatives sought from forestry sector

    Expressions of interest are being sought for softwood and hardwood forestry representatives to join the Lower Limestone Coast Water Allocation Plan Review Stakeholder Advisory Group.

    Read the full notice 
  • Aerial monitoring to begin for seawater intrusion

    In recognition of the critical role science plays in managing water resources, the Limestone Coast Landscape Board (LC Landscape Board) is launching a new research project aimed to increase its understanding of where and how resilience can be built into Limestone Coast water resources to support primary production.

    Read the full news story 
  • LLC WAP review to begin

    The Limestone Coast Landscape Board (LC Landscape Board) have announced they are set to commence the review of the Lower Limestone Coast Water Allocation Plan (WAP).

    Read the full news story 
  • Study to explore aquifer recharge opportunities

    Study to explore aquifer recharge opportunities for primary production.

    The Limestone Coast (LC) Landscape Board in partnership with the Primary Producers Sustainable Water Group are investigating the feasibility of sourcing excess water from the drainage network and storing it in the aquifer for the benefit of primary industries.

    Read the full news story 

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