On 11 September 2018, Southern Rural Water (SRW), as the Minister for Water’s delegate, issued Barwon Water a direction notice under Section 78 of the Water Act 1989 to submit and implement a legally enforceable remediation plan for Boundary Creek, Big Swamp and the surrounding environment impacted by groundwater pumping at Barwon Downs.
Barwon Water submitted its remediation Scope of Works on 20 December 2018, feedback was given by SRW in February 2019. Barwon Water provided a revised Scope of Works in July 2019.
The Barwon Downs Community Leaders Group (CLG) is an evolution of the Community Reference Group set up to assist Southern Rural Water (SRW) in its consideration of an application by Barwon Water to renew a licence to operate the Barwon Downs Borefield in the Gerangamete Groundwater Management Area (GMA).
The role of the CLG is to provide SRW with valuable local knowledge and community insight to support the s78 process and ongoing management of the resources.
The CLG will continue to be guided by an Independent Chair, Shaun Cox.
SRW will seek input from the CLG to:
- Understand the community perspective and how that has been addressed through the deliverables submitted by Barwon Water;
- Inform feedback and amendments required to the deliverables.
In addition, SRW will work with the CLG to determine the long-term engagement objectives and approach for the Barwon Downs area.
The members of the ITRP are:
- Associate Professor Peter Dahlhaus
- Dr Jeff Taylor
- Hugh Middlemis
The s58 application:
Southern Rural Water (SRW) assesses
On 14 March 2019, Barwon Water withdrew its application under Section 58 of the Water Act 1989 for the renewal of its licence. For further