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Declared Water Supply Catchments

Declared Water Supply Catchments in Victoria

The Declared Water Supply Catchments map shows those catchment areas as proclaimed under the Soil Conservation and Land Utilization Act, 1958 in conjunction with the Land Conservation Act, 1970, and subsequently incorporated into the Catchment and Land Protection Act, 1994. This layer identifies domestic Water Supply Catchments that are subject to a Land Use Determination or a Land Use Notice.

Data was derived from the proclaimed water supply catchment (L100) layer in the Department of Primary Industries Corporate Geospatial Data Library. Mapping was undertaken by the Centre for Land Protection Research.


Formally known as Proclaimed Water Supply Catchments, Declared Water Supply Catchment's are the basis for catchment planning and management under the provisions of the Catchment and Land Protection Act, 1994. (formerly the Soil Conservation and Land Utilization Act, 1958).

Under this Act, Declared Special Areas (Water Supply Catchments) officially recognise designated catchments for water supply purposes. This process highlights to the community, land managers and planners, the importance of the catchment for water supply purposes.

Declaration is now initiated by the Catchment Management Authority's (CMA) recommendation to the relevant State Government Minister. Following Ministerial approval, notification is made in the Government Gazette. The Land Conservation Council (LCC) previously had jurisdiction over these proclamations. For some of these DWSCs in the region, the LCC was charged with approving any proposed Determination of Land Use (now known as a Special Area Plan) put forward by the Soil Conservation Authority (SCA). The Determination of Land Use generally established permissible land and water uses within the defined area and stipulated planning controls and potential hazards to the proclaimed water supply.

Lake Eppalock
Lake Eppalock


DWSCs located throughout the North Central region include:

PWSC No.
    Catchment Name
12
Eppalock (Woodend)
15
Eppalock
15a
Eppalock (Newham Parish - Woodend East)
15b
Eppalock ( Lake Environs)
15c
Eppalock (Kyneton)
16
Cairn Curran
46
Avoca
57
Creswick
65
Tullaroop Reservoir
72
Bealiba
74
McCallum Creek
87
Loddon River (Laanecoorie)
103
Crusoe Group Reservoirs
104
Spring Gully Reservoir
105
Teddington Reservoir (Stuart Mill)
121
Redbank Creek
122
Forest Creek (Amphitheatre)
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