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Unallocated water

Unallocated water can be made available for future consumptive use without compromising the security of existing supplies or the environmental values of the catchment.

For information on unallocated water in your area, contact the department's business centre in the relevant water resource plan area.

Register your interest

You can register an interest in approximately 1.3 million megalitres of unallocated water held as general reserve across Queensland.

  • This map lets you search by water resource plan area across Queensland (including the Great Artesian Basin)
  • View the general reserve volumes available for each sub-area
  • Register your interest with the form link provided.

You may register an interest until Friday 17 October 2014.

This process will provide information to assess demand for unallocated water across the state. We will then develop a prioritisation program for future releases of unallocated water to support economic growth and development in Queensland.

Current unallocated water releases

Whitsunday plan area: general reserve

On 18 June 2014, the Chief Executive of the Department of Natural Resources and Mines started a process to release water from the general reserves of unallocated water in the Kelsey Creek-Lethe Brook, Thompson Creek, O’Connell River and Andromache River subcatchment areas of the Water Resource (Whitsunday) Plan 2010.

Tenders closed on 30 July 2014 and tenders are now being assessed.

Completed unallocated water releases

Baffle Creek Basin: general reserve

On 21 June 2013, the Chief Executive of the Department of Natural Resources and Mines started a process to release unallocated water from the general reserves of unallocated water in the Litabella Creek, Baffle Creek, Broadwater Creek, Eurimbula Creek, and Worthington Creek catchment areas of the Water Resource (Baffle Creek Basin) Plan 2010 area.

This tender process has been completed. Water licences have been granted to successful tenderers.

The department has prepared a report summarising the outcomes (PDF, 2.1MB) of the tender process. This report has been reviewed and endorsed by the probity auditor overseeing the tender process.

Great Artesian Basin: general reserve

On 30 May 2013, the Chief Executive of the Department of Natural Resources and Mines started a process to release unallocated water from the general reserves of unallocated water in the Surat, Surat North and Surat East management areas of the Water Resource (Great Artesian Basin) Plan 2006.

This tender process has been completed. Water licences have been granted to successful tenderers.

The department has prepared a report summarising the outcomes (PDF, 1.3MB) of the tender process. This report has been reviewed and endorsed by the probity auditor overseeing the tender process.

Gulf plan area: strategic reserve

On 22 November 2013, the Chief Executive of the Department of Natural Resources and Mines started a process to release unallocated water held as Strategic Reserve in the Gilbert, Flinders, Norman and Nicholson river catchment areas held under the Water Resource (Gulf) Plan 2007 for town water supply purposes.

The process is now complete with four licenses granted to local governments for town water supply purposes.

Gulf plan area: general reserve

On 26 July 2012, the Chief Executive of the Department of Natural Resources and Mines started a process to release unallocated water from the general reserves of the Flinders and Gilbert river catchments of the Water Resource (Gulf) Plan 2007 area.

This tender process has been completed. Water licences have been granted to successful tenderers.

The department has prepared a report summarising the outcomes of the tender process (PDF, 2.1MB). This report has been reviewed and endorsed by the probity auditor overseeing the tender process.

Last updated 14 August 2014

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