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    Minister for Natural Resources, Mines and Energy
    The Honourable Dr Anthony Lynham

    Water plans on the table

    Minister for Natural Resources, Mines and Energy
    The Honourable Dr Anthony Lynham

    Friday, April 13, 2018

    Water plans on the table

    South-west and border rural communities and producers have an opportunity next month to shape their future local water plans – including new trading opportunities and better water monitoring.

    Revised draft plans for the Border Rivers, Moonie, and Condamine and Balonne catchments are now available for comment, with five public information sessions scheduled across the region next month.

    Natural Resources Minister Dr Anthony Lynham said the plans would take Queensland a step further to meeting its Murray Darling Basin Plan commitments, as well as provide development opportunities for rural producers and industry.

    “These plans will expand the water market by converting more than 39 gigalitres of water into tradeable water allocations,” Dr Lynham said.

    “These trading opportunities will help drive economic development across the south-west and border region, with rural and town business able to buy, sell and lease surplus water.

    “At the same time, targets for measuring water use and new regular reporting on the take of overland flow water in high use areas will ensure Queensland meets its environmental and sustainability requirements under the Murray-Darling Basin Plan.

    “These new plans take us another step closer to meeting our commitment implementing the Basin Plan on time and in full by June 2019. “  

    Dr Lynham said the draft plans also included greater recognition of Aboriginal cultural and economic needs. 

    “The draft plans provide for unallocated water reserves that will be used to support economic opportunities, cultural sites and the protection of important local fish, birds and water holes,” he said.

    “Five yearly reports will also be prepared in consultation with Aboriginal people to support the water flow requirements for their cultural values and use.

    “I encourage all communities and users in the Queensland Murray-Darling Basin catchments to provide their feedback on this vital natural resource.”

    Public information sessions:

    St George

    2pm – 4pm Tuesday 1 May

    Balonne Skill Centre, 2 Victoria Street

    Stanthorpe

    2pm – 4pm Tuesday 1 May

    Stanthorpe Queensland College of Wine Tourism, 22 Caves Road

    Warwick

    2pm – 4pm Wednesday 2 May

    DNRME office, Cnr Guy & Fitzroy streets

    Goondiwindi

    3pm – 5pm Wednesday 2 May

    Gateway to Training centre, Russell St

    Toowoomba

    10am – 12pm Friday 4 May

    Green Room, 203 Tor Street

    Submissions can be lodged until Friday 1 June 2018.

    Visit www.business.qld.gov.au and search for Murray-Darling Basin.

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    Media contact: Jan Martin 0439 341 314

    EDS: See attached photo.