Burdekin Basin water plan area

This information will help you understand how water is managed in the water plan area and how you can access water.

Map of the water plan area

Check whether your property is covered by the plan on the Queensland Globe water plan map (use Google Chrome for best results) or download the Burdekin water plan area map (PDF, 1.2MB).

What's happening?

  • 28 Jun 2019: The Water Amendment Plan (Burdekin Basin) 2019 and associated water entitlement notice and water management protocol have now been finalised and can be accessed below. The Minister's consideration report (PDF, 922KB) explains the consultation process and how issues were addressed.
  • 8 Jul 2019: The public consultation on extending the water plan is now closed. We are currently considering submissions.
  • 29 Sep 2017: The Lower Burdekin Groundwater Strategy is being developed to address rising groundwater levels and soil salinity. View the discussion paper and find out more about the project.

Water management

Summary

Type of waterManagement
Surface water Check the water plan information below for rules and requirements
Overland flow Check the water plan information below for rules and requirements
Underground water Check the Water Regulation 2016 for requirements in the Burdekin, Greater Western and Highlands water management areas. Check the Great Artesian Basin and Other Regional Aquifers water plan for underground water and spring water in the Great Artesian Basin and other important regional aquifers

Water plan information

Water sharing rules

Water supply scheme operators and manual

The licences contain information about the roles and responsibilities of the licence holders. Check the operations manuals for day-to-day operational, water sharing and seasonal water assignment rules.

NameOperatorLicenceManual
Burdekin Haughton Water Supply SchemeSunwaterResource operations licence (PDF, 145KB)Operations manual (PDF, 148KB)
Bowen Broken Water Supply SchemeSunwaterResource operations licence (PDF, 115KB)Operations manual (PDF, 158KB)
Lower BurdekinLower Burdekin Water BoardDistribution operations licence (PDF, 66KB)Operations manual (PDF, 92KB)

Accessing water

Follow the links below for more information on how to access water in the water plan area.

Announced entitlements and limits The water you can take through your water allocations or licences may be limited. Check announced entitlements and limits for unsupplemented water or contact the water supply scheme operator for supplemented water.
Unallocated water releasesCheck current release process.
Water allocation trading - water scheme areas

Bowen Broken Rivers: Allocation trading and rules | Current locations of water allocations

Burdekin Haughton: Allocation trading and rules | Current locations of water allocation

Water allocation trading - unsupplemented water

Trading available in the Lower Burdekin, Haughton, Bowen Broken, Upper Burdekin and Cape Campaspe water management areas. Check the Water management protocol (PDF, 597KB) for trading rules.

Contact us

Contact the Ayr business centre for more information on water management and how you can access water in the Burdekin Basin.

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