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Barron catchment

Under the Water Reform and Other Legislation Amendment Act 2014, water resource plans and resource operation plans have been replaced by new planning instruments. Water planning outcomes for the Barron catchment are now provided by the Water Plan (Barron) 2002, Barron Water Management Protocol, a Resource    Operations Licence and respective operations manual.  

Once these documents have been prepared in accordance with the transitional provision in the Act, they will be available below. Read more about the changes to water legislation.

Map of the catchment

Water plan

Resource operations plan

The Barron resource operations plan (PDF, 2.7MB) was finalised in June 2005, with subsequent amendments in October 2011, June 2013 and September 2015. The September 2015 amendment commenced on 3 December following the parliamentary disallowance period.

The September 2015 amendments focus on:

  • improving underground water allocation and management arrangements in the upper Barron River catchment area
  • enhancing water trading arrangements for both surface and underground water across the upper Barron River catchment area
  • reducing regulatory burden.

A consultation report (PDF, 565.5KB) is available, which includes a summary of issues raised during the consultation process on the draft plan amendments and how the issues have been dealt with in finalising the plan amendments.

Previous documents

You can view past reports and historical documents relating to the Barron plans in the library catalogue.

Contact us

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
Fax: (07) 4092 2366
Email: Barron WRP  coordinator

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Last updated: 24 February 2017


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