Queensland Murray-Darling Basin
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The Murray–Darling Basin is home to Australia's most significant river system, and covers parts of Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria, South Australia, and the Australian Capital Territory.
The Queensland Murray–Darling Basin (QMDB) comprises the Border Rivers, Moonie, Condamine and Balonne, Nebine, Warrego, and Paroo catchments.
Along with the Commonwealth government, we are working to manage the water resources of the QMDB in a way that best meets social, economic and environmental needs.
- The Northern Basin Advisory Committee (NBAC) met in Texas in May 2015. A number of issues, including the progress of the science, were discussed with the Chair and Chief Executive Officer of the Murray-Darling Basin Authority. Further information on these discussions can be found in the NBAC communique. For details regarding the Northern Basin Review (NBR) refer to the NBR brochure.
- Queensland's annual environmental water priorities for 2015-16 have now been prepared. The document outlines potential environmental watering opportunities for the coming year and expected environmental outcomes that the Authority will use to evaluate the effectiveness of the Basin Plan.
- Round 8 of the Healthy Headwaters Water Use Efficiency project was open for applications from 1 June to 30 June 2015. In this round, application periods close monthly and applicants will be notified within a month.
- The Murray-Darling Basin Authority has released the Basin Plan annual report 2013-14. The report outlines progress in achieving the environmental, social and economic outcomes of the Basin Plan.
Murray–Darling Basin Plan
The Murray–Darling Basin Plan (Basin Plan) provides a framework to manage the water resources of the basin, and sets out reductions in water diversions for basin catchments
The Basin Plan requires Basin States to undertake monitoring and reporting as well as prepare Commonwealth-accredited water resource plans. Read about Queensland's role in the plan and how our State water resource plans will be reviewed and updated by 2019.
To bridge the gap between the current level of water diversions and the levels set out in the Basin Plan, the Commonwealth is running water recovery programs to return water to the environment. Read about water recovery in the QMDB
Queensland established local groups during the preparation phase of the Basin Plan to build on the stakeholder consultation undertaken by the Murray–Darling Basin Authority. This ensured Queensland communities were heard, and will continue to be heard during the implementation phase.
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