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Border Rivers 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Under the Water Reform and Other Legislation Amendment Act 2014, water resource plans and resource operation plans have been replaced by new planning instruments.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 Border Rivers catchment are now provided by the Water Plan (Border Rivers) 2002, Border Rivers 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

Plan review

The Border Rivers water plan is scheduled to expire in 2019 and must be replaced under the Water Act. Replacing the plan will ensure that the needs of water users, the environment and the general community continue to be met. There is also a proposal to amalgamate the Border Rivers and Moonie water plans (see below). The new plan will be consistent with the requirements of the Murray-Darling Basin Plan 2012.

New scientific and monitoring information, in addition to over a decade of experience managing water in the catchment, will contribute to the new plan and community input will also be instrumental.

The Border Rivers and Moonie statement of proposals (PDF, 1.0MB), outlining the issues for the plan review, is available for public comment. The public notice for the statement of proposals provided details on how you could have your say, submissions closed on 31 August 2016.

Proposed amalgamation of the Border Rivers and Moonie plans

The department is proposing to amalgamate the Border Rivers and Moonie water plans for reasons of administrative efficiency. Amalgamating these plans will enable the department to focus on developing specific policies to improve water management in each area. There will be no disadvantage to water users in either catchment resulting from the amalgamation of these plans.

Download a map of the proposed Border Rivers and Moonie plan area (PDF, 1.3MB).

Moratorium on underground water in the Granite Belt

On 6 July 2016 the Minister published a moratorium notice (PDF, 195.9KB) for works that take underground water in the Granite Belt Underground Water Area (PDF, 818.5KB). The Moratorium information sheet (PDF, 1.7MB) provides a guide to this notice.

Water plan

The Border Rivers water plan was released in 2003 and subsequently amended in 2007. Further amendments to include arrangements for the management of subartesian groundwater not connected to the Great Artesian Basin commenced on 19 December 2014.

Corresponding amendments were made to the Condamine and Balonne and Moonie water plans. You can view information about these corresponding amendments at the Condamine and Balonne catchment planning page or the Moonie catchment planning page.

Resource operations plan

The Border Rivers resource operations plan amendment (PDF, 3.6MB) commenced on 30 May 2011.

Water-sharing agreement with New South Wales

The New South Wales–Queensland Border Rivers Intergovernmental Agreement 2008 (PDF, 653.4KB) provides direction on water sharing and access, interstate trading, and managing the flows of streams shared by both states as well as water for the Murray-Darling Basin.

The agreement is overseen by the Border Standing Committee which comprises senior officers from both states. Nothing in the agreement is intended to affect the role, functions and powers of the Border Rivers Commission.

Previous documents

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

Contact us

Mail: Department of Natural Resources and Mines
Attention: Principal Natural Resource Officer
Water Services South Region
PO Box 318
Toowoomba QLD 4350

Fax: (07) 4529 1555, attention: Peter Brownhalls, Principal Natural Resources Officer
Phone (07) 4529 1221


Last updated: 26 September 2017

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