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Unallocated water

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

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

Current unallocated water releases

Plan area Areas and type of water available Progress
Whitsunday General reserve—Kelsey Creek–Lethe Brook, Thompson Creek, O’Connell River and Andromache River subcatchment areas. Process commenced. Tender applications must be received by 30 July 2014.
Gulf Strategic Reserve—Gilbert, Flinders, Norman and Nicholson river catchments Submission period closed.
Baffle Creek Basin General Reserve—Littabella Creek, Baffle Creek, Broadwater Creek, Eurimbula Creek, and Worthington Creek catchment areas Completed
Great Artesian Basin General Reserve—Surat, Surat North and Surat East management areas Completed
Gulf General Reserve—Flinders and Gilbert river catchments Completed

Whitsunday plan area—general reserve

A combined total of 28 500 ML of unallocated water will be released from the general reserves in the Kelsey Creek-Lethe Brook, Thompson Creek, O’Connell River and Andromache River subcatchment areas of the water resource plan area.

On 18 June 2014, the tender process for general reserve unallocated water commenced. The public notice and sale notice provides details about the water available for purchase and requirements for tenders.

This release process builds our commitment to support and grow the agricultural sector as one of the pillars of the state economy.

Tender process

Anyone wishing to purchase unallocated water must submit a tender using the approved tender documents. Tenders must be received by 30 July 2014 to be considered under this release process.

The following information is available:

Tenders must be completed and submitted as outlined in the tender documents and supporting information.

The department will grant water licences based on certain criteria and will set a reserve price, which ensures state-owned natural resource assets are sold for a fair price

If you have problems downloading these documents, or would like more information about the release process, please contact the department on 1800 822 100 or email Central Water Services.

Gulf plan area—strategic reserve

Up to a combined total of 5,200 megalitres will be released from the strategic reserve in the Gilbert, Flinders, Norman and Nicholson river catchment areas.

Under the Water Resource (Gulf) Plan 2007 strategic reserve unallocated water may be released for a state purpose such as town water supply.

The process began with the publishing of a public notice on Friday 22 November 2013.

The public notice provides information about the water being made available, eligibility criteria and contact details for more information.

Tender process

The period for submitting tenders closed on 6 December 2013. We are currently assessing tenders.

For more information, contact the department on (07) 4799 7505 or by email Water Management.

Baffle Creek Basin—release of unallocated water

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 is currently preparing a report summarising the outcomes of the tender process.

Great Artesian Basin—release of unallocated water

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 is currently preparing a report summarising the outcomes of the tender process.

Gulf plan area—tender process completed

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 18 June 2014

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