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Murray-Darling and Bulloo basins

Healthy Waters Management Plans (HWMPs) identify ways to protect and enhance the quality of water in the Queensland Murray-Darling and Bulloo basins. HWMPs are developed by the Department of Environment and Science (DES), under section 24 of the Environmental Protection (Water) Policy 2009 (EPP Water), and contribute to achieving the purpose of the Environmental Protection Act 1994, namely to achieve ecological sustainable development. Additionally, HWMPs fulfil the legislative requirements of a water quality management plan under Chapter 10 Part 7 of the Commonwealth Basin Plan 2012 (Basin Plan).

Environmental Values (EVs), Water Quality Objectives (WQOs), and management intent for Queensland Murray-Darling and Bulloo basins are included in the HWMPs, and will be scheduled under the EPP Water to inform statutory and non-statutory decision making.

Four HWMPs have been developed for the river basins of the Queensland Murray-Darling and Bulloo basins: (1) Warrego, Paroo, Bulloo and Nebine; (2) Condamine; (3) Queensland Border Rivers-Moonie; and (4) Maranoa-Balonne. HWMPs are developed in consultation with the three regional natural resource management bodies in the Queensland Murray-Darling and Bulloo basins – Condamine Alliance, Queensland Murray-Darling Committee and South West NRM Ltd. The Warrego, Paroo, Bulloo and Nebine HWMP was finalised in 2017 following extensive community and public consultation.

The draft HWMPs for the Condamine (PDF, 9.9M); Border Rivers-Moonie (PDF, 9.4M); and Maranoa-Balonne (PDF, 11M) River basins have been released for public consultation. Consultation will extend from 11th April 2018 until 1st June 2018. Submissions on the draft HWMPs can be made by email at .

Map

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

EPP Water: scheduled Environmental Values and Water Quality Objectives

Status

Environmental Values and Water Quality Objectives for the waters of the Queensland Murray–Darling and Bulloo River basins are under development. The first round of public consultation on draft material was held in 2017.

Submissions received during the first round of public consultation have been considered in the preparation of material for the final round of public consultation on the draft Environmental Values and Water Quality Objectives for the waters of the Queensland Murray–Darling and Bulloo River basins.

The final round of public consultation on Environmental Values and Water Quality Objectives for the waters of Queensland Murray–Darling and Bulloo River basins will commence in April 2018. Once available, this material can be found on the Environmental Protection Policy (Water) consultations page.

Submissions on the draft Environmental Values and Water Quality Objectives can be submitted by email to .

Alternatively, please contact Briarna Southwell at if you wish to meet to discuss the Environmental Values and Water Quality Objectives for the waters of Queensland Murray–Darling and Bulloo River basins.

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).

Draft Healthy Waters Management Plan for the Condamine River basin (PDF, 9.9M)

Draft Healthy Waters Management Plan for the Border Rivers and Moonie River basin (PDF, 9.4M)

Draft Healthy Waters Management Plan for the Maranoa and Balonne River basin (PDF, 11M)

Supporting documents

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.

Source catchments water quality modelling

The Queensland Government has developed source catchments water quality models for the Queensland section of the Murray-Darling Basin. The Queensland Murray-Darling Basin Water Quality Models (PDF, 4.6M) were built to assist in developing Water Quality Objectives, as well as to inform water quality management actions in the HWMPs.

Socioeconomic report for the protection of EVs

The Queensland Government has commissioned Marsden Jacob Associates to conduct a socioeconomic assessment (PDF, 4.7M) on the value of protecting and enhancing Environmental Values and water quality in the Queensland Murray-Darling Basin.

Contact details

For further information please contact the Healthy Waters Team:

Last updated
11 April 2018