32.3 Surface water access entitlement for allocation diversion
In the Adelaide region, surface water rights in areas with an operational water allocation plan are bundled into a single instrument called a water licence. The bundled water licence means that the value of the entitlement is not distinct from the allocation. This is an ongoing surface water right and is described as the annual water taking allocation. By default recurring annual water taking allocations are applied on 1 July each year and expire on 30 June each year. Subject to the conditions of a water allocation plan, the volume of unused allocated water may be carried forward to the following year, called a rollover allocation.
In the Adelaide region watercourses in the Barossa Prescribed Water Resources Area (PWRA), including the North Para River and its tributaries, have functional water licences. These water licences are managed under the Barossa PWRA water allocation plan. Additionally, licences have been issued to water users of the Little Para Prescribed Watercourse. This prescribed resource will be included in the water allocation plan for the Western Mount Lofty Ranges PWRA.