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The Development Of Policy Pertaining To Potable Water Supply Catchment Areas In Victoria, Australia


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A. C. Hurlimann


This paper explores the development of policy pertaining to potable water supply catchment areas in the state of Victoria, Australia. A focus is placed on urban planning policy and development control. Historical research and policy analysis was undertaken to establish key influences on the development of this policy. The significant influences were found to include the establishment of water boards and authorities as referral authorities in planning schemes, the ‘Sydney Water Crisis’ of 1998, and the Gibson review of ‘New Format Planning Schemes’. Existing policy is critiqued, and policy needs are highlighted. This paper will provide important lessons for other jurisdictions around the world regarding the protection of potable water catchments. Importantly, it will highlight the importance of development control to protect the quality and quantity of a city’s water supply. Keywords: catchment, watershed, management, urban planning, policy, water. 1 Introduction The crisis of water management in many areas of Australia has heightened awareness of the importance of protecting water quality and quantity through effective catchment (watershed) management. Adequate control of land use and development through urban (urban and regional) planning policy is critical to support the aims of effective catchment management with regards to protecting water quality and quantity. It is acknowledged that there are many other


catchment, watershed, management, urban planning, policy, water.