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A Bill for an Act to amend the Water Act 2007, and for related purposes
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Registered 29 Nov 2012
Introduced Senate 27 Nov 2012
Table of contents.

 

2010‑2011‑2012

 

The Parliament of the

Commonwealth of Australia

 

THE SENATE

 

 

 

 

Presented and read a first time

 

 

 

 

 

 

Water Amendment (Save the Murray‑Darling Basin) Bill 2012

 

No.      , 2012

 

(Senator Hanson‑Young)

 

 

 

A Bill for an Act to amend the Water Act 2007, and for related purposes

  

  


Contents

1............ Short title............................................................................................. 1

2............ Commencement................................................................................... 1

3............ Schedule(s)......................................................................................... 2

Schedule 1—Amendments                                                                                                3

Water Act 2007                                                                                                            3

 


A Bill for an Act to amend the Water Act 2007, and for related purposes

The Parliament of Australia enacts:

1  Short title

                   This Act may be cited as the Water Amendment (Save the Murray‑Darling Basin) Act 2012.

2  Commencement

                   This Act commences on the day this Act receives the Royal Assent.

3  Schedule(s)

                   Each Act that is specified in a Schedule to this Act is amended or repealed as set out in the applicable items in the Schedule concerned, and any other item in a Schedule to this Act has effect according to its terms.


 

Schedule 1Amendments

  

Water Act 2007

1  After section 20

Insert:

20A  Additional considerations for environmentally sustainable limits

             (1)  In providing for the establishment of environmentally sustainable limits on the quantities of surface water and ground water that may be taken from the Basin water resources, as mentioned in paragraph 20(b), the Basin Plan must comply with subsections (2), (3) and (4) of this section.

             (2)  The Basin Plan must take into account climate change.

             (3)  The Basin Plan must not allow ground water extraction unless:

                     (a)  the proposed ground water extraction has been assessed using a regional scale, multi‑layer, transient ground water flow model that is linked to existing surface water models and demonstrates the impact of the proposed ground water extraction on:

                              (i)  surface water systems and flows; and

                             (ii)  ground water dependent ecosystems; and

                            (iii)  the long‑term sustainability of the aquifer; and

                     (b)  the assessment takes into account the cumulative impact of all existing ground water extractions and the proposed ground water extraction; and

                     (c)  if the proposed ground water extraction will cause a reduction in surface water—the Basin Plan includes a mechanism for identifying how the quantity of ground water to be extracted relates to the environmentally sustainable limits on the quantities of surface water that can be taken from the Basin water resources under the Basin Plan.

             (4)  The Basin Plan must improve the following environment outcomes:

                     (a)  in relation to average daily salinity levels for Lake Alexandrina—less than 1500EC at all times and less than 1000EC for 95% of the time;

                     (b)  in relation to average daily salinity levels for Coorong, South Lagoon—must not exceed 100 grams per litre in any 2 consecutive years and must remain less than 100 grams per litre for 96% of the time;

                     (c)  in relation to barrage flows—greater than 2000 gigalitres per year on a 3 year rolling basis, with a minimum of 650 gigalitres per year for 95% of years, greater than 600 gigalitres in any 2 year period and greater than zero gigalitres in all years;

                     (d)  in relation to the mouth of the River Murray—the mouth to be open to an average annual depth of 1 metre or more for at least 95% of years and to an average annual depth of 0.7 metres or more for at least 95% of years;

                     (e)  the environmental outcomes met under an integrated, Basin‑wide, fit for purpose model run based on the levels of extraction contained in the BP‑3200‑RC model run and the 122 hydrologic indicator targets as developed by the Authority.

2  After paragraph 21(4)(b)

Insert:

                   (ba)  ensure that:

                              (i)  as far as possible, water recovery targets across the Murray‑Darling Basin satisfy the 122 hydrologic indicator targets as developed by the Authority; and

                             (ii)  all modelling and analysis undertaken for this purpose is made publicly available; and