WIT Press


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

Price

Free (open access)

Paper DOI

10.2495/SC080591

Volume

117

Pages

11

Page Range

629 - 639

Published

2008

Size

296 kb

Author(s)

A. C. Hurlimann

Abstract

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

Keywords

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