Under the Water Reform and Other Legislation Amendment Act 2014, water resource plans and resource operation plans have been replaced by new planning instruments: the Water Plan (Barron) 2002, Barron Water Management Protocol resource operations licence and associated operations manual for the Mareeba–Dimbulah water supply scheme. See below to access these instruments.
Find out more about changes to the planning process.
Map of the catchment
- Water plan (Barron) 2002 – amended in November 2009 and further amended on 4 September 2015.
- Explanatory notes (PDF)
- Barron transitions from ROP to water plan (PDF, 1.7MB)
The Barron resource operations plan is no longer in effect. However, its provisions and components are taken to be part of the water plan, water management protocol, resource operations licence and associated operations manual (or to cease to have effect).
For ease of reference, the clauses transitioning from the superseded resource operations plan into the water plan have been combined into a single transitions document.
Water management protocol
The Barron Water Management Protocol contains water sharing rules and water allocation dealing rules for permanent trading of supplemented and unsupplemented water in the plan area. It also contains seasonal water assignment rules for unsupplemented water.
Correction to water sharing rules
The Barron Water Management Protocol published on 6 June 2017 stated incorrect groundwater levels for a monitoring bore in the Northwest zone. The protocol was amended on 9 June 2017 to state correct groundwater levels, as noted in the statement of changes made to the protocol (PDF, 25.0KB).
Resource operations licence
The resource operations licence for the Mareeba–Dimbulah water supply scheme contains information about the role and responsibilities of the scheme operator to achieve the outcomes of the water plan.
The operations manual for the Mareeba–Dimbulah water supply scheme contains the day-to-day operating, water-sharing and seasonal water assignment rules for supplemented water in the scheme.
You can view past reports and historical documents relating to the Barron plans in the library catalogue.
If you have problems downloading these documents, or would like a copy sent by mail, please contact:
Department of Natural Resources and Mines
Centre for Tropical Agriculture
28 Peters Street
PO Box 156
Mareeba QLD 4880
Phone: 1800 697 805
Email: Barron WP coordinator