Short-term water licence for Karara in Mid West

28 Feb, 2011 04:00 AM
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THE Department of Water (DoW) has issued a short term water licence to Karara Mining to draw water from the Parmelia aquifer at Mingenew for infrastructure purposes.

The licence for 90,000 kilolitres will assist in the construction and pressure testing of a pipeline between the company's mine site and the acquifer.

Department of Water (DoW) acting manager Mid-West Gascoyne Adam Maskew said the licence did not mean Karara's other licence application for 5.3 gigalitres would automatically be approved.

"Karara Mining undertake the construction of the water pipeline at their own risk," Mr Maskew said.

The DoW received 23 public submissions relating to the original application for 5.3 gigalitres which closed on January 31.

Residents were concerned about the impact on the environment and future agricultural and non-agricultural diversification opportunities.

A final decision is not expected to be made until June 2011.

The short term water licence expires on June 30 and cannot be renewed.

The Standing Committee on Environment and Public Affairs is considering a petition drafted by farmer Peter Horwood and tabled in the Legislative Council by Agricultural Region member Mia Davies at the last parliamentary sitting.

Committee chairman Brian Ellis said they were waiting on a response from Water Minister Bill Marmion and that the DoW was unable to deliberate on the petition until then.

He said he expected a response before their next committee meeting on March 16.

Ms Davies and her National Party colleagues, agricultural region member Grant Woodhams and member for Moore Phillip Gardner, also had a meeting with the Water Minister Bill Marmion last Thursday to discuss the issue.

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