Cooper Creek 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 Cooper Creek water plan area map (PDF, 3.1MB).

What's happening?

Water management


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 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

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 entitlement may be limited by announced entitlements and limits
Unallocated water releases No current releases
Relocatable water licences Available. Read about the relocatable water licence market
Seasonal water assignment Check the Resource operations plan (PDF, 937KB) rules and read about the application process

Lake Eyre Basin

The Cooper Creek catchment is a component of the Lake Eyre Basin which extends to areas in Queensland, South Australia, New South Wales and the Northern Territory. The Lake Eyre Basin is recognised nationally and internationally for its outstanding social, cultural and environmental values and economic opportunities.

The Australian, Queensland, South Australian and Northern Territory Governments are signatories to the Lake Eyre Basin Intergovernmental Agreement (IGA). The IGA commits states to development and implementing policies and strategies that avoid or eliminate adverse cross-border impacts while also allowing for economic development.

The Cooper Creek water plan is consistent with the Lake Eyre Basin IGA.

As part of our role within the IGA, the Queensland Government prepared an Environmental Risk Assessment which identified 6 key threats that were likely to be a high-risk across the Lake Eyre Basin within the next 10 years.

Read the Lake Eyre Basin environmental risk assessment 2021 to understand more about these key threats and how this information will guide investment into management strategies, research and monitoring over the next 10 years.

View the Lake Eyre Basin story map.

Contact us

Contact the Longreach business centre for more information on water management and how you can access water in the Cooper Creek water plan area.

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