Burdekin Basin 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Under the Water Reform and Other Legislation Amendment Act 2014, water resource plans and resource operation plans have been replaced by new planning instruments: the Water Plan (Burdekin Basin) 2007, Burdekin Basin water management protocol, Burdekin Haughton resource operations licence and associated operations manual, Bowen Broken resource operations licence and associated operations manual, and Lower Burdekin distribution operations licence and associated operations manual. See below to access these instruments.
Find out more about changes to the planning process.
Map of the catchment
- Burdekin water plan area (PDF, 193.7KB)
The Water Plan (Burdekin Basin) 2007 contains the same information specified in the superseded Burdekin Basin water resource plan. It now also specifies water management areas, trading zones, as well as criteria for deciding water licence applications, which were previously contained in the superseded resource operations plan (ROP).
Plan expiry and postponement
The water plan is due to expire on 1 September 2017. The Minister for Main Roads, Road Safety and Ports and the Minister for Energy, Biofuels and Water Supply have released a public notice of the intention to postpone the expiry of the water plan to 1 September 2019, and a report (PDF, 1.2MB) on the effectiveness of the plan and its implementation. The report contains further information about the proposed postponement of the expiry of the plan.
Have your say
You are invited to make a submission (PDF, 63.4KB) on the proposal to postpone the expiry of the Burdekin Basin water plan. All submissions must be made in writing and can be sent by mail or email to the contacts listed in the submission form. You must supply your name and contact details with each submission.
You can also make an online submission on the Get Involved website.
Submissions close 5pm 20 July 2017.
A targeted amendment of the Burdekin water plan is currently being progressed. The amendment applies to the Upper Burdekin, Cape-Campaspe, and the Belyando-Suttor subcatchments. The amendment will better define water entitlements and introduce a water trading framework in these parts of the Burdekin Basin. A Statement of Proposals (PDF, 678.7KB) was released in August 2015 for public comment.
Water management protocol
The water management protocol contains water sharing and water allocation dealing rules for the permanent trading of supplemented and unsupplemented water in the plan area. It also contains seasonal water assignment rules for unsupplemented water. Supplemented rules for water supply schemes are now found in the scheme’s operations manual.
The Burdekin Basin ROP that commenced in December 2009 is no longer in effect. However, its provisions and components are taken to be a part of the water plan, water management protocol, resource operations licences and associated operations manuals.
Resource operations licences
- Burdekin Haughton Water Supply Scheme resource operations licence (PDF, 145.8KB)
- Bowen Broken Water Supply Scheme resource operations licence (PDF, 114.8KB)
These resource operations licences are both operated by SunWater. They contain information about the roles and responsibilities of the scheme operators to achieve the outcomes of the water plan. To obtain a copy of these licences contact your local business centre .
- Burdekin Haughton Water Supply Scheme operations manual (PDF, 147.9KB)
- Bowen Broken Water Supply Scheme operations manual (PDF, 158.0KB)
The operations manuals contain the day-to-day operational, water sharing and seasonal water assignment rules for supplemented water in each of these schemes. To obtain a copy of these manuals contact SunWater or your local business centre .
Distribution operations licence
- Lower Burdekin distribution operations licence (PDF, 66.0KB)
- Lower Burdekin distribution operations licence – operations manual (PDF, 91.9KB)
The Lower Burdekin Water Board holds a distribution operations licence to distribute supplemented water in the plan area. The licence contains information about the roles and responsibilities of the licence holder to achieve the outcomes of the water plan. To obtain a copy of the licence contact the Lower Burdekin Water Board or your local business centre.
The distribution operations manual contains the seasonal water assignment rules for water supplied under this distribution operations licence. To obtain a copy of the manual contact SunWater or your local business centre.
You can view past reports and historical documents relating to the plans in the library catalogue.
If you have problems downloading any of these documents, or would like a copy sent by mail, please contact us:
Department of Natural Resources and Mines
445 Flinders Street
PO Box 5318
Townsville Qld 4810
Phone: 1800 697 805
Email: Burdekin WP coordinator