Policy 13

After five years in operation, the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation’s Operational policy 13 for recreation within public drinking water source areas on Crown Land is being reviewed and updated.

Since the policy’s implementation in 2012, the department has listened to feedback from the community, interest groups and other agencies, and proposed some changes to the policy.

A draft updated policy with accompanying discussion paper has been released for public comment over the next eight weeks, ending at 5pm 3 August 2018.

A copy of the draft updated policy and accompanying discussion paper is available on this page or by contacting the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation, Water Source Protection Planning branch via email: policy13@dwer.wa.gov.au or by mail Locked Bag 33 Cloisters Square Perth WA 6850.

People with an interest in recreational activities in these areas, are invited to attend a public workshop being held during the consultation period at the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries. RSVP is essential, to register your interest in the upcoming workshop contact the department by email at policy13@dwer.wa.gov.au or call us on (08) 6364 6889 no later than 12 July 2018.

How to comment

We welcome your help with this policy review and are seeking your input. To help you provide input, we have prepared a draft updated policy and supporting discussion paper.

When you write your comments, please list them against the discussion paper or draft updated policy’s page number so we can see what section you are referring to. It would also be useful if you could provide copies or references of any information to support your comments. If you would like your submission or identity to be kept confidential, please tell us by writing ‘confidential’ on the top of each page.

Send your submission to:

Department of Water and Environmental Regulation
Water Source Protection Planning
Locked Bag 33 Cloisters Square
Perth WA 6850.


Please send your comments by 5pm, 3 August 2018.

If you have any questions about the draft updated policy or discussion paper, please contact the Water Source Protection Planning branch on policy13@dwer.wa.gov.au or on (08) 6364 6889.

We will consider all submissions and consult with the Interagency Collaborative Working Group when we prepare the final policy.

We look forward to receiving your comments.