Lake Grace declared water deficient

Shannon SmithAlbany Advertiser

The Mallee Hill area in the Shire of Lake Grace has been declared water deficient.

The declaration comes after the shire submitted an application to the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation and it was approved yesterday.

It is the second area to be declared water deficient after the Shire of Ravensthorpe area of Mt Short.

Other Shires in the Great Souther, including the Shire of Gnowangurup and Shire of Jerramungup, have not yet submitted an application.

Member for Roe Peter Rundle called on the State Government to deliver long-term water security to the region following recent water deficiency declarations.

"I attended a meeting with farmers in Lake Grace several weeks ago to discuss water security in the region off the back of record low rainfall over the past 12 months," Mr Rundle said.

"Farmers were disappointed by the State Government’s lack of action on this issue and they were deeply concerned about water security for their livestock after the Water Corporation padlocked water standpipes in the region without warning.

"Disappointingly, no money was allocated in the State Budget for any of these measures, despite the Government having full knowledge of these issues for over six months."

The DWERExecutive Director of Regional Delivery Paul Brown saidthat a water deficiency declaration is granted when five or more farmers have to travel more than 40km to access water for livestock.

“Currently, there is adequate off-farm emergency water in (the Jerramungup and Gnowangurup) area,” he said.

“Surveys from 10 farmers have been received and weekly livestock water requirements are being assessed.

“To boost supplies in the short-term, DWER is equipping a bore with reliable yield in the Gairdner region in the Jerramungup Shire.”

In the declaration, the Department of Water and Environment Regulation are required to cart water to a central point for farmers to access.

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