Flexibility for trading water

WATER users in the Border Rivers Water Management Area will have greater flexibility in trading water allocations, the State Government says.

Department of Environment and Resource Management Deputy Director-General Debbie Best today announced the commencement of the Border Rivers Resource Operations Plan Amendment.

“The Amendment means water users along the Queensland and New South Wales border will be allowed to temporarily trade unsupplemented water allocations between any of the three zones,” Ms Best said.

“Critical water supply arrangements for the Macintyre Brook Water Supply Scheme have also been included in the Amendment to better provide for high priority water allocations during periods of acute shortage.

“The amendments to the Border Rivers Resource Operations Plan, which was gazetted three years ago, were developed through community and stakeholder consultation, comprehensive surface water modelling and other technical assessments.

“Following the release of the draft amendment last November, stakeholders were invited to provide input.

“The department carefully considered each submission and incorporated many of the points and suggestions into the finalised plan.

“I would like to acknowledge the contribution made by everyone who made a formal submission in finalising these important provisions.

“A consultation report has been prepared to explain how the department dealt with each of the issues raised in the formal submissions,” Ms Best said.

The amended Border Rivers Resource Operations Plan 2008 is on the Department of Environment and Resource Management website at http://www.derm.qld.gov.au/wrp/border.html.

Landholders in the Murray-Darlign Basin area are also being reminded to apply for a share in $20 million of funding available under round two of the Australian Government’s Water for the Future initiative to improve water efficiency.

Queensland Water Minister Kate Jones said the Healthy HeadWaters Water Use Efficiency Project open to holders of tradable surface water entitlements in the Queensland Murray-Darling Basin, drove improvements to help both irrigation communities and the environment.

“The Healthy HeadWaters Water Use Efficiency Project aims to help farmers invest in efficient irrigation systems and technologies that reduce water losses,” Ms Jones said.

“The project not only gives irrigators funding to upgrade their infrastructure and save on water, it helps the environment by increased water flows too.

Applications close 29 July 2011. For more information and application forms visit www.derm.qld.gov.au or call 4688 1185 or by email.



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