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.

Irrigation plant
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 says 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 megalitres of water into tradeable water allocations. 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.’’

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