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    Minister for State Development and Minister for Natural Resources and Mines
    The Honourable Anthony Lynham

    Find out about new Great Artesian Basin water resource plan

    Minister for State Development and Minister for Natural Resources and Mines
    The Honourable Anthony Lynham

    Friday, October 02, 2015

    Find out about new Great Artesian Basin water resource plan

    Water users throughout Queensland’s Great Artesian Basin can have their say at upcoming public forums to discuss the development of a new water resource plan for the basin.

    Minister for State Development and Minister for Natural Resources and Mines Dr Anthony Lynham said the Department of Natural Resources and Mines would host a series of public meetings throughout the basin, starting in Alpha on 7 October.

    “These public meetings provide local water users and other basin stakeholders the opportunity to get involved and have their say on key issues fundamental to delivering a new water plan,” Dr Lynham said.

    “The current Great Artesian Basin Water Resource Plan 2006 is due to expire on 1 September 2016 so we need to develop a new science-based 10-year plan.

    “The new plan will provide a clear vision to sustainably manage one of Queensland’s most important natural resources and support economic growth and jobs in rural and regional Queensland.

    “There is increasing demand for water in the basin so it’s important that we take a strategic approach to prevent negative impacts that could compromise other water users and the natural environment.”

    “A statement of proposals was released on 7 September detailing key issues relevant to the development of the new plan.

    “I encourage anyone with an interest in the Great Artesian Basin to review the statement of proposals, attend the public forum in your local area and lodge a submission,” he said.

    For more information:

    Submissions on the statement of proposals will close at 5pm on 20 November 2015.

    Public meetings to discuss a new Great Artesian Basin Water Resource Plan:

    Town

    Date

    Location

    Start Time

    Alpha

    7 Oct

    Alpha Town Hall

    Cnr Tennyson and Dryden Streets, Alpha

    11am

    Longreach

    8 Oct

    Department of Agriculture and Fisheries Conference Room

    Landsborough Highway, Longreach

    10am

    Mundubbera

    13 Oct

    Mundubbera Bowls Club

    1 Seligmann Avenue Mundubbera

    7pm

    Gatton

    15 Oct

    DNRM Gatton Office Conference Room

    Warrego Highway Gatton

    10am

    Goondiwindi

    19 Oct

    Goondiwindi Golden Age Centre

    68 Elizabeth Drive, Goondiwindi

    1pm

    Dalby

    20 Oct

    Myall Youth and Community Centre - Large Conference Room

    Cnr Drayton and Nicholson Streets, Dalby

    9am

    Roma

    21 Oct

    Roma Community Arts Centre - Hibernian Hall

    38-44 Hawthorne Street, Roma

    1pm

    Charleville

    22 Oct

    Charleville RSL Function Room

    37 Watson Street, Charleville

    11am

    Cunnamulla

    22 Oct

    Cunnamulla Hall Supper Room

    49 Stockyard Street, Cunnamulla

    6pm

    St George

    23 Oct

    St George RSL

    106 Alfred Street, St George

    1pm

    Windorah

    27 Oct

    Windorah Information Centre

    7 Maryborough Street, Windorah

    9am

    Birdsville

    28 Oct

    Birdsville Town Hall

    9am

    Bedourie

    29 Oct

    Bedourie Hall

    9am

    Boulia

    29 Oct

    Boulia Sports Centre - Burke Street, Boulia

    4.30pm

    Winton

    30 Oct

    Winton Town Hall Supper Room

    75 Vindex Street, Winton

    2.30pm

    Normanton

    4 Nov

    Normanton Shire Hall

    9am

    Julia Creek

    5 Nov

    Julia Creek Civic Centre

    9am

    Hughenden

    5 Nov

    Diggers Entertainment Centre

    21 Brodie Street, Hughenden

    3pm

    [ENDS]              2 October 2015

    Media contact:  Jan Martin 0439 341 314