The Loddon Highlands Water Supply Protection Area (WSPA) was declared in June 2010.
The area extends from Newlyn and Lake Burrumbeet in the south to Dunolly in the north incorporating the townships of Creswick, Newlyn, Smeaton, Learmonth, Ascot, Clunes, Talbot and Maryborough.
Volcanic scoria cone spring-fed Dam
Groundwater Management Plan
The Loddon Highlands WSPA Groundwater Management Plan was endorsed by the consultative committee and was approved by the Minister for Water on 21 November 2012.
The Plan provides protection for existing users and the environment by supporting a cap on licence entitlement; restricting the extraction of groundwater when triggered; and placing limits on the concentration of groundwater pumping.
The Plan will provide licence holders with the opportunity to better manage their entitlements through the introduction of carryover and permanent trade.
For further information or to obtain technical material relied upon for management arrangements, please contact Brendan Cossens from GMW on (03) 5475 3907.