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    09006: Extension to the term of the Wheatbelt Drainage Council

    Wheatbelt deep drains. Courtesy Department of Agriculture and Food, Western Australia
    Wheatbelt deep drains. Courtesy Department of Agriculture and Food, Western Australia

    Drainage is a key tool in the management of wheatbelt dryland salinity. For the sustainable and efficient management of drainage works, a whole-of-government approach is required.

    The Wheatbelt Drainage Council was established in 2007 to provide independent advice to the Minister for Water and to draft a framework for managing inland drainage.

    Funding from the State NRM Program was used to extend the term of the council to allow completion of this framework with the support of a cross-agency technical working group.

    This project provided the Minister for Water with advice on how to streamline and integrate the assessment process for drainage applications across government authorities. It also evaluated approaches to wheatbelt drainage governance and management.

    Investment: $ 49 000
    Delivery organisation: Department of Water
    Project duration: July 2009 - December 2009
    Location: Wheatbelt

    Major project achievements

    • Technical working group formed, with representatives from the Department of Water, the Department of Agriculture and Food, and the Department of Environment and Conservation. The group provided technical and other advice to the Wheatbelt Drainage Council.
    • Advice provided to the Minister for Water on how to streamline and integrate the assessment process across government authorities.
    • Approaches to wheatbelt drainage governance and management evaluated and recommendations provided to the Minister for Water.
    • Advice on policy development on inland drainage provided to the Minister for Water.

    Project partners

    Wheatbelt Drainage Council; Department of Environment and Conservation; Department of Agriculture and Food, Western Australia

    More information

    Department of Water (home page) or (08) 6364 7600

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