Report more important than water response

MEMBER for Flinders Peter Treloar has described Environment Minister Ian Hunter's response to the Eyre Peninsula Water Supply Inquiry Final Report as unsurprising.

Member for Flinders Peter Treloar has described Environment Minister Ian Hunter's response to the Eyre Peninsula Water Supply Inquiry Final Report as unsurprising.

Member for Flinders Peter Treloar has described Environment Minister Ian Hunter's response to the Eyre Peninsula Water Supply Inquiry Final Report as unsurprising.

Mr Hunter has indicated he supports three recommendations, partially supports another three and does not support six.

Mr Treloar said he was not surprised by this response.

"He's under obligation to respond, but he was always going to trot out the government line," he said.

Mr Treloar said the minister's response was peripheral to the future importance of the final report.

"The most important thing is the document itself.

"It's a valuable and impressive document and it will go a long way to providing a framework for future management.

"As a local member I think it's probably part of my obligation to pursue many of the recommendations and see how things can be implemented.

"In all of this it was important the community found a voice.

"At the same time the government agencies had the opportunity to state their case."

Mr Hunter said a number of the recommendations were already being progressed by the state government, and as a result the government supported three recommendations, with another three partially supported.

"The committee's report assigned equal weight to anecdotal evidence received from the community and that of peer-reviewed scientific research; that is not a good basis for decision-making.

"The state government has invested significantly in science and monitoring of water resources on the Eyre Peninsula in recent years, and the level of effort in this region exceeds that in most other areas of the state."

He said the various responsibilities and processes for water management, water-affecting activities, and prescription across the various water resource areas on Eyre Peninsula were well documented and understood by those responsible for their implementation.

However the inquiry also highlighted a lack of understanding in the community about these arrangements.

"The Eyre Peninsula NRM Board is considering how best to increase community understanding of the status of water resources and their management."

This story Report more important than water response first appeared on Port Lincoln Times.

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