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New water release proposed for Gulf water plan area

1 August 2017

Department of Natural Resources and Mines Executive Director Mandy Downes said the Gilbert River and Cloncurry Rivers form a vital part of the Gulf region and supports agricultural development and industry in the north west communities including Mount Isa, Cloncurry and Georgetown.

“The proposed release of 92,500 megalitres of water would be made available in late August from the Cloncurry and Gilbert Rivers,” Ms Downes said.

“During August DNRM will be undertaking community consultation in Cloncurry and Georgetown on the potential allocation of up to 92,500 megalitres of unallocated water at a fixed price, which is currently held in general reserve.

“The department will be holding consultation sessions to provide information about the type of water made available and the proposed terms of sale.  

“Following the consultation sessions, departmental staff will also be available to help landowners progress their applications.”

Information sessions:

Town / City Date Venue Time
Cloncurry Friday 4 August 2017 Cloncurry Community Precinct (Ernst Henry Function Rooms) 10 am – 1 pm
Georgetown Tuesday 8 August 2017 Georgetown hall 10 am – 1 pm

For more information on unallocated water in the Gulf visit, phone (07) 4760 0750, or email

Contact: Timothy de Jersey
Phone: 0438 715 756


Last updated: 1 August 2017

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