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Burnett 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Under the Water Reform and Other Legislation Amendment Act 2014, water resource plans and resource operation plans have been replaced by new planning instruments. Water planning outcomes for the Burnett Basin catchment are now provided by the Water Plan (Burnett Basin) 2014, Burnett Basin Water Management Protocol and four Resource Operations Licences and associated operations manual.  

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

Water planning instruments

Map of the catchment

Water plan

Resource operations plan

  • The Burnett Basin resource operations plan was released in May 2003. Revision 12 of the plan (PDF, 6.6MB), which introduces management arrangements for the Coastal Burnett Groundwater Management Area, was released in November 2014 and is currently in force.
  • A consultation report (PDF, 1.6MB) summarises issues raised during the consultation process, and how they've been addressed in the plan for the Coastal Burnett Groundwater Management Area.

Previous documents

You can view past reports and historical documents relating to the Burnett Basin plans in the library catalogue.

Check seasonal trading options (Coastal Burnett)

This calculator is being trialed for the Coastal Burnett region only. To check options in other locations, use the seasonal water assignment rules set out in the water plan, water management protocol, operations manual and the Water Regulation 2016.

Use this tool to check what seasonal trades are possible between zones in the Coastal Burnett location.

Check permanent trading options

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Bundaberg QLD 4670

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Last updated: 26 September 2017

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The planning process

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