Far North Resources Values and Risks Survey

The South Australian Arid Lands Natural Resources Management Board and the Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources are currently updating the Water Allocation Plan (WAP) for the Far North Prescribed Wells Area. The Far North Water Allocation Plan manages the allocation and use of groundwater resources in the area. The plan considers the needs of all water users, including the environment, and the rules for water management are based on balancing these needs.
Your opinions are a valuable part of the process of updating the plan, and you can help shape this plan by completing the following short survey. The South Australian Arid Lands Natural Resources Management Board and the Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources would like your local knowledge, understanding, and interest in the management of the groundwater resources of the area, to help identify what the community values most about these water resources, and what you think the biggest threats to these water resources are. – don’t forget the GAB springs (mound springs) are part of the groundwater system we are talking about!
We are not starting from scratch… the current water allocation plan has been in place since 2009 and we have just completed the revision of the Regional Plan which has provided some valuable information from community members about the groundwater resources of the Far North.  All of this information will help inform this update.  Further information on the current Far North Water Allocation Plan can be found by visiting the SA Arid Lands website.
Staff working on the Far North Water Allocation Plan are also available to discuss the project.  If you would like further information please contact David Leek, by phoning (08) 8463 7593 or by emailing david.leek@sa.gov.au.

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* 1. Which of the following best describes you?

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* 2. Have you heard of the Far North Water Allocation Plan before?

Part 1 – VALUES OF WATER RESOURCES.
CONTEXT – Water is valued for many reasons, including social, economic and environmental purposes.  

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* 3. What do you value about groundwater resources in the Far North?

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* 4. Each catchment or area is unique, and we would like to know more about what is valued about water in your local area.
Could you provide specific details about your values of the water in the Far North?   These may be knowledge, stories, experiences, or feelings about the certain locations or sub-catchments, either now or in the past.

Part 2 - THREATS TO WATER RESOURCES
CONTEXT: What are the things that worry you the most when you think about the water resources in your area?

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* 5. Each catchment or sub-catchment is unique. We would like to know more about the specific threats to water resources in your local area.
Please provide specific details about risks to the water in the Far North.  These may be knowledge, stories, experiences, or feelings about the certain locations or areas, either now or in the past.

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* 6.  What do you think are the biggest threats to water resources in the Far North?

Part 3 - Water Management

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* 7. What do you think should be the main objectives for the management of water and groundwater in the Far North?

Part 4 – Keep up to date with the Water Allocation Plan process

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* 8. If you would like to receive regular updates on the development plan, including opportunities for further input please provide your contact details:

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* 9. Are there any particular issues you would like to raise in regards to the development of the next Far North Water Allocation Plan?

Thank you for taking the time to complete this survey.  If you would like to submit drawings, photos, videos or other non-written material please email to david.leek@sa.gov.au Alternatively if you have hard copies of material you'd like to provide, please contact David on 8463 7593.

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* 10. Are there any other thoughts you would like to provide?

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