The Macquarie water management area (2,739 km2) is located in the north east of Tasmania near the east coast. The basin includes the Macquarie River with major tributaries being the Glen Morriston and Tin Dish Rivulets, and the Blackman, Elizabeth and Isis Rivers (DPIWE, 2005b). The two lakes, Lake Leake and Lake Tooms provide regulated flows in the Macquarie and Elizabeth Rivers. The Blackman Dam was recently constructed and was filled for the first time in October 2005. Most irrigation in the Macquarie WMA is self extracted, with the water supplied using releases from Lakes Leake and Tooms.
The Department of Primary Industries and Water is the licensing authority and manages both surface and groundwater diversions although as yet there is no licensing system for groundwater. Local councils are responsible for providing town water supply. Towns in the area are Campbell Town, Tunbridge, and Ross.
Figure 1 Macquarie water management area locality map
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