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Murray-Darling and Bulloo basins

Healthy Waters Management Plans (HWMPs) are being progressively developed under the Queensland Environmental Protection (Water) Policy 2009 (EPP Water) for (1) Warrego, Paroo, Bulloo and Nebine, (2) Moonie, (3) Queensland Border Rivers, and (4) Condamine and Balonne catchment areas by 2019. HWMPs are prepared by the department in consultation with the three regional NRM bodies in the Queensland Murray-Darling and Bulloo Basins – Condamine Alliance, Queensland Murray-Darling Committee and South West NRM Ltd. The first HWMP to be prepared was for the Warrego, Paroo, Bulloo and Nebine plan area. Environmental Values (EVs) and Water Quality Objectives (WQOs) that are included in the HWMPs will be scheduled under the EPP Water to inform statutory and non-statutory decision making. HWMPs also contribute to the water quality management requirements under the Basin Plan 2012.


Overview map of Queensland Murray-Darling and Bulloo basin (PDF, 1.0M).

EPP Water: scheduled Environmental Values and Water Quality Objectives

EVs and draft WQOs for the waters of the Queensland Murray–Darling and Bulloo River basins are under development and available for public comment.


Under development. Draft consultation materials (reporting, maps) available for comment.

Draft Environmental Values for the groundwaters of Queensland Murray-Darling Basin are available for comment until 30 September 2017 via the contact details below or direct to Briarna Southwell at . These maps can be found at Draft consultation materials (reporting, maps).

The draft Socioeconomic report for the protection of environmental values in the Queensland Murray-Darling and Bulloo Basins (PDF, 4.7M) is also available for comment. Please provide feedback via the contact details below.

Supporting documents

Consultation Summary Report: Healthy Waters Management Plan for the Warrego, Paroo, Bulloo and Nebin (PDF, 188K).

Water Quality Improvement Plans / Healthy Waters Management Plans

Healthy Waters Management Plans for Queensland Murray-Darling Basin catchments (PDF, 2.6M)

Healthy Waters Management Plan: Warrego, Paroo, Bulloo and Nebine Basin (PDF, 12M).

Spatial datasets

Once finalised, spatial datasets for scheduled areas will be available from the Queensland Spatial Catalogue, Qspatial. Search for ‘EPP’.

Store and release code of practice

The Queensland Government and Cotton Australia have recently prepared a code of practice for the release of water from farm storages to the Queensland Murray-Darling Basin (PDF, 575K). The code of practice assists local farmers storing and releasing water to the Basin to meet their general environmental duty under the Environmental Protection Act. An explanatory guide (PDF, 505K) is also available.

Contact details

For further information please contact the Healthy Waters Team:

  • by email at
  • by mail to the EV Project Team at GPO Box 2454, Brisbane Qld 4001
Last updated
1 August 2017