The state government of West Australia has called for public comment on its proposal to take over the management of water catchments on privately owned land in parts of the southwest.

The proposal is included as part of a discussion paper ‘The Way Forward for Water Resources Management in the Whicher Region’. It involves the proclamation of several catchments and the establishment of a common dam policy with water users to be charged a licence fee.

A spokesperson for the Department of Environment said the proposal would ensure that land holders have water for the longer term and that the Department would in a much better position to manage the flow being taken from a river or a brook.