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Licence holders in the Atherton Area urged to watch their water use

9 June 2017

Landholders in the Tableland Regional Council area are being advised of drought-driven water cuts starting next month, but this will not affect household use or watering livestock.

Andrew Buckley, Department of Natural Resources and Mines Executive Director North Region, said local officers had been working with landholders to plan for reductions in water allocated as groundwater levels continue to fall.

“Advice from BOM is that despite the rainfall the Atherton area has received so far this year, the preceding five years 2012 to 2016 the rainfall has been below average,” he said.

“As of result of the below average rainfall our monitoring and analysis of bore levels also shows the insufficient rainfall in the Atherton area has not fully recharged the aquifer.

“The drought-driven cuts are in accordance with water sharing rules developed with landholders and stakeholders during the development of the Barron Resource Operations Plan 2005 and under the Water Act 2000.

“I want to stress that these water cuts do not apply to household or stock use.”

Mr Buckley said the Tablelands Regional Council area remained drought declared and these continuing conditions required careful water use.

“We all know water is a precious resource and I encourage landholders and all community members to continue monitoring their water use on a regular basis to ensure efficient use of the resource,” he said.

To view the announced entitlement water sharing rules please refer to the Barron Resource Operations Plan online at For groundwater level data please visit, under ‘Ground Water Stations’, ‘Barron Basin’.

Landholders and community members seeking more information about the announced entitlements please contact the department’s Mareeba Office on telephone (07) 4017 0140.

Contact: Bal Saini
Phone: 0459 864 240


Last updated: 9 June 2017

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