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Cooper Creek catchment

Under the Water Reform and Other Legislation Amendment Act 2014, water resource plans and resource operation plans are being replaced by new planning instruments. Water planning outcomes for the Cooper Creek catchment are now provided by the Water Plan (Cooper Creek) 2011 and Cooper Creek Water Management    Protocol.

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

Map of the catchment

Water plan

Overland flow notification process

The water plan requires that an owner of land on which existing overland flow works are situated, to provide the chief executive with a notice of the works on the approved form. This does not include existing overland flow works which take water for stock and or domestic purposes, or existing overland flow works used for other purposes that are less than 10 megalitres in capacity.

Resource operations plan

The first Cooper Creek resource operations plan (PDF, 937.2KB) commenced on 29 November 2013.

The plan implements the Cooper Creek water plan (2011) by:

  • enabling water licence transfer in certain areas of the catchment
  • releasing and granting unallocated water
  • amending existing water licences to meet requirements in the water plan
  • managing overland flow water
  • specifies monitoring and reporting requirements.

A consultation report (PDF, 430.6KB) details the issues raised during consultation on the draft plan and through the Western Rivers process and how these were considered and addressed in finalisation of the plan.

Previous documents

You can view past reports and historical documents relating to the plans in the library catalogue.

Contact us

If you have problems downloading these documents, or would like a copy sent by mail, please contact:

Longreach Office
Landsborough Highway
PO Box 210
Longreach QLD 4730

Phone: (07) 4536 8358
Email: Cooper Creek WRP Coordinator


Last updated: 24 February 2017

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The planning process

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