Western Mount Lofty Ranges
The Western Mount Lofty Ranges Prescribed Water Resources Area extends from Gawler in the north, to Middleton and across to Cape Jervis on the south coast, and includes four watercourses across the Adelaide Plains (the Gawler, Little Para, Torrens and Onkaparinga rivers). A water allocation plan (WAP) for the Western Mount Lofty Ranges Prescribed Water Resources Area was adopted on 17 September 2013.
The WAP aims to:
- protect the resource for all water users, now and into the future
- provide greater certainty for water users.
Find out more information about what a WAP is and why they are important.
Find out about permits and licences relating to this WAP.
Development of the WAP
The WAP was developed by the former Adelaide and Mount Lofty Ranges Natural Resources Management Board in collaboration with the community and supported by community-based WAP advisory committees in the Fleurieu, Adelaide Hills and McLaren Vale areas. These committees played a key role by developing policies for water sharing and management taking into consideration social, economic and environmental needs. The committee members represented different areas, industries, skills, interests and experience.
Existing WAPs will be reviewed within 10 years by the Hills and Fleurieu Landscape Board to ensure they are still meeting the needs of the environment and community.
Monitoring and reporting on water resources of the Western Mount Lofty Ranges PWRA
Constant monitoring of the Western Mount Lofty Ranges PWRA is undertaken by the Hills and Fleurieu Landscape Board and the Department for Environment and Water. Results of this monitoring contributes to the production of groundwater and surface water status reports and will inform the review of the WAPs.