AFPA has had a long history of stakeholder engagement in the development of water policy, including the development of the Water Act and Murray-Darling Basin Plan, the National Water Initiative and the associated legislation and regulations being developed by state governments. In general, AFPA supports the aims of the Water Act and the Murray-Darling Basin Plan, recognising the need for a whole of basin approach to ensure water resources are managed equitably and sustainably. However, AFPA has serious concerns regarding the treatment of plantation forestry in the implementation of the Water Act. Plantations have been singled out as a significant water interceptor and treated in the same way as direct water harvesting activities (i.e. run-off dams, floodplain harvesting, etc.). Water interception by plantations is more consistent with that of other vegetative interception activities, such as dryland cropping and improved pastures.

 

Submission – Statutory review of the Water Act 2007