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Pioneer Valley 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Under the Water Reform and Other Legislation Amendment Act 2014, water resource plans and resource operation plans have been replaced by new planning instruments.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 Pioneer Valley catchment are now provided by the Water Plan (Pioneer Valley) 2002, Pioneer Valley Water Management  Protocol, two resource operations licences and associated operations manual and one distribution operations licence 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.

Maps of the catchment

Water plan

The Pioneer Valley water plan was originally released in December 2002 and extended in October 2009 to:

  • extend the plan area to include surface water in the Sandringham and Alligator creeks catchments
  • provide for the sustainable allocation and management of groundwater resources across the amended plan area
  • Explanatory notes accompany the plan.

On 4 August 2014 the Minister postponed the expiry of the Pioneer Valley water plan for eight years to 19 December 2022. The Minister's performance assessment report provided reasoning underpinning the postponement.

Resource operations plan

The Pioneer Valley resource operations plan (ROP) came into effect in June 2005 and was amended in June 2007.

The second revision of the resource operations plan was released in June 2015 and commenced on 1 July 2015. On 1 February 2016, a minor amendment to the resource operations plan (PDF, 7.3MB) was undertaken to correct administrative errors that appear in the June 2015 amendment.

A summary ofthe issues raised during the consultation process on the second revision of the ROP and how they were addressed is available in the Pioneer ROP Consultation Report (PDF, 494.7KB).

Previous documents

You can view past reports and historical documents relating to the plans in the library catalogue.

Contact us

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

Mackay Office
28-30 Wood St
PO Box 63
Mackay QLD 4740

Phone: 1800 822 100
Fax: (07) 4999 6903


Last updated: 16 May 2017

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