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Have your say on draft water plan and water management instruments

On 6 January 2017 a public notice was published inviting feedback on the three water management instruments:

Go to the public workshop dates and locations.

Information on how these instruments were developed, the intent of the new provisions and how they differ from the current arrangements can be found in the Statement of intent (PDF, 1.3MB). This provides a plain English explanation of the documents.

The Water Entitlement Notice (WEN) proposes a number of amendments to water entitlements across the water plan area. Those entitlement holders who have an entitlement listed in the WEN will receive a letter informing them and will have the opportunity to submit on any proposed changes to their water entitlement.

It is advised that all water entitlement holders check the WEN to see if their entitlement is listed in it irrespective of whether they receive a letter or not. For further details contact your local DNRM office.

Submit your feedback

The department is seeking submissions from interested individuals, groups or entities, about the new Draft Water Plan for the Great Artesian Basin and other regional aquifers. Any person, including a representative of an interest group, may make a submission.

Complete the form included in the Statement of Intent. Submissions must be made to the Chief Executive and received by 5pm, Monday 17 April 2017. Email, post, and online submissions will be accepted. Submissions must be sent to one of the following:


Chief Executive
Attention: Diana Ly
Department of Natural Resources and Mines
PO Box 15216
City East QLD 4002


The information provided in submissions will be taken into consideration in developing the final plan.

Public workshops

You can also provide feedback at workshops to be held during February and March at the following locations:

Town             Date             Time             Venue            
Alpha Tuesday 28 February 11am Alpha Town Hall – Supper Room
Cnr Tennyson and Dryden St
Bauhinia Wednesday 1 March 11am Bauhinia Community Hall
Fletcher Way
Bedourie Thursday 9 March 9am Bedourie Community Centre
Birdsville Wednesday 8 March 9am Birdsville Community Hall
61 Adelaide St
Boulia Thursday 9 March 2pm Min Min Encounter Tourist Centre - Breakout room
Burketown Wednesday 15 March 4pm Burketown Shire Hall
Charleville Friday 10 March 8am Charleville RSL
Cnr Watson and River St
Cunnamulla Wednesday 8 March 9am Cunnamulla Town Hall
49 Stockyard St
Dalby Monday 27 February 2pm Dalby Golf Club
Moreton St
Gatton Tuesday 21 February 10am Gatton Research Station – Conference Room
Warrego Highway
Georgetown Tuesday 14 March 12noon Georgetown Hall
Goondiwindi Monday 6 March 11.30am Gateway Training Centre
15-21 Russell St
Hughenden Tuesday 14 March 9am Diggers Entertainment Centre – Meeting Room
21 Brodie St
Injune Thursday 2 March 9am Injune Bowls Club
60 Hutton St
Julia Creek Wednesday 15 March 9am Julia Creek Civic Centre – Hall
Longreach Monday 27 February 3pm Department of Agriculture and Fisheries – Conference Room
10357 Landsborough Highway
Mt Isa Thursday 16 March 9am RedEarth Hotel
Cnr Rodeo Dr and West St
Mundubbera Thursday 2 March 6pm Mundubbera Bowls Club
1 Seligmann Ave
Roma Thursday 2 March 2pm Explorers Inn
44778 Warrego Highway
St George Tuesday 7 March 9am Balonne Skill Centre – Mulga Room
2 Victoria St
Taroom Tuesday 28 February 1pm Taroom Bowls Club
26 Gardiner St
Thargomindah Thursday 9 March 9am Kullilli Room
37 Dowling St
Toowoomba Monday 27 February 9am State Government Offices – Green Room
203 Tor St
Weipa Wednesday 8 March 9am Weipa Storm Surge Shelter
Windorah Tuesday 7 March 9am Windorah Town Hall
7 Maryborough St
Winton Friday 10 March 2pm Winton Town Hall

Supporting documents

A number of supporting documents have been prepared during the development of the draft water plan and protocol that may assist the community in understanding how the GAB is managed.

  • Note: some of these file are larger than 2 MB and should be saved to your computer rather than viewed in your browser.      

Hydrogeological assessments of the Great Artesian Basin

These assessments are prepared by Klohn Crippen Berger.

Reviews and reports

Fact sheets


Last updated: 22 February 2017

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