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South Gippsland Region Water Authority was constituted by an Order-in-Council in accordance with the provisions of the Water Act 1989 (Act No. 80/1989), to take effect from the 1st of January 1995. Alberton Water Board (VA 2223), Korumburra Water Board (VA 4723), Leongatha Water Board (VA 2235), South Gippsland Water Board (VA 2677), and Wonthaggi - Inverloch Water Board (VA 2558) were abolished and their geographical areas, functions, land, liabilities, obligations, powers, property, rights and employees became the responsibility of the new Water Authority. The boundaries of the former Waterworks Districts, Urban Districts, Rural Districts and Sewerage Districts became the boundaries of the new Water Authority. Membership of the Authority was to consist of 5 qualified people to be appointed in writing by the Minister. Collectively, membership of the new Water Authority was to hold qualifications or experience in the business of the new Authority, public finance or economics, engineering, business management, commerce, banking, environmental and water resource management, and law.
Non-Metropolitan Urban Water Authorities underwent a program of amalgamation and structural reform throughout the 1990's of existing authorities under the auspices of the Office of Water Reform (later the Water Bureau, established as a division in Department of Conservation and Natural Resources VA 3097)
Under Division 2 of Part 6 of the Water Act 1989 (Act No. 80/1989) the Minister had the power to restructure existing water and sewerage authorities, to create new water and sewerage authorities, unite existing water and sewerage districts, and to abolish existing water and sewerage authorities. By publication of an Order-in-Council in the Victorian Government Gazette, the Minister was able to constitute a new authority to take over the property, rights, liabilities, obligations, powers, staff, and functions under the Water Act of one or more authorities, so long as the terms and conditions were agreed between the affected authorities, local councils and the Minister. The membership of the new water and sewerage authority as specified by the Order could not include more than three people to be appointed by the Minister unless the functions of the Authority were solely related to waterway management.
Each new Authority was to be a body corporate, with a common seal, be capable of being sued and of suing under its corporate name, be capable of acquiring, holding, managing and disposing of property in accordance with the performance of its functions, and was to be capable of efficiently performing its functions and lawfully exercising its powers. The Minister was to provide in writing to the Water and Sewerage Authorities and local councils affected by the restructuring the reasons behind the decision, ensure that a copy of the document was placed before both Houses of Parliament, and liaise with the Minister administering the Local Government Act 1989 (if a local council was involved), before the planned restructure could go ahead.
Authorities were responsible for providing water supply and sewerage services to non-metropolitan urban areas.
As at February 2001 existing Authorities were:
Barwon Region Water Authority (VA 3756)
Central Gippsland Region Water Authority (VA 4094)
Central Highlands Region Water Authority (VA 4236)
Coliban Region Water Authority (VA 3996)
East Gippsland Region Water Authority (VA 4237)
Glenelg Region Water Authority (VA 4241)
Goulburn Valley Region Water Authority (VA 4243)
Grampians Region Water Authority (VA 4244)
Lower Murray Region Water Authority (VA 4246)
North East Region Water Authority (VA 4240)
Portland Coast Region Water Authority (VA 4242)
South Gippsland Region Water Authority (VA 4239)
South West Water Authority (VA 3753)
Western Region Water Authority (VA 4245)
Westernport Region Water Authority (VA 4238)