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Regulator cracks down on water take through unapproved meters

08 March 2024

As Queensland’s Water Regulator, the department is beginning random audits on properties across the Coastal Burnett, Condamine, Lockyer Valley, and Cressbrook Creek areas to ensure water is not being taken through unapproved meters.

Water revalidations must be a priority

24 November 2023

The Department of Regional Development, Manufacturing and Water is encouraging irrigators in high-priority water areas to get their meter revalidations completed or risk compliance action.

Moreton water plan review calls for community feedback

03 November 2023

The review and replacement of the Moreton water plan is underway with a call for feedback from Gatton, Laidley, Lockyer Valley, Ipswich, Brisbane, Redcliffe and Caboolture communities.

Digging deep: Landholders urged to stay above board with new bores

20 October 2023

With an El Nino weather pattern confirmed, landholders looking to find new sources of water are urged to get familiar with the legislation before sinking any new bores.

Coastal Burnett bore owners beat meter validation deadline

17 October 2023

The owners of almost 300 water bores in the Coastal Burnett have taken action early and completed their meter validation requirements well before the due date of 30 November 2023.

Quarry operator fined $630,000 for breaches of the Water Act 2000

09 October 2023

A western Queensland quarry operator pleaded guilty to various charges in the Queensland Magistrates Court today and was fined $630,000 in total and ordered to pay $66,358.90 in royalties plus court costs.

Irrigators urged to plan ahead for meter validator shortage

17 August 2023

The Department of Regional Development, Manufacturing and Water is urging irrigators in the Queensland Murray-Darling Basin to avoid frustrating delays and to get their water meters revalidated well ahead of the predicted October and November last-minute rush.

Yarrabah water treatment plant upgrades begin

28 July 2023

Works have commenced on the Yarrabah water treatment plant with funding support from the Queensland Government of $275,000.

Transparency improved with new website for water and sewerage sector

23 June 2023

Improving transparency in the water and sewerage sector, the Department of Regional Development, Manufacturing and Water has launched Queensland’s Urban Water Explorer, a publicly accessible website that provides a vast collection of data about every urban water and sewerage service provider across Queensland.

Appeal(s) lodged against New Acland decision

16 May 2023

The Oakey Coal Action Alliance has advised via a media statement that an appeal has been lodged against the department’s decision to grant New Acland Coal an associated water licence.

Water available for Brisbane community groups and businesses

08 May 2023

Community groups in Brisbane and surrounds will have an opportunity to capitalise on the release of 100 megalitres of water in the Lower Brisbane River and Cabbage Tree Creek sub-catchment areas, at no cost aside from a nominal licence fee, when the Queensland Government opens applications on 8 May 2023.

Growing water needs answered with new licences for Comet, Nebo

05 May 2023

Town water supplies have been secured for the growing townships of Comet and Nebo with the allocation of new water licences to Central Highlands Regional Council (CHRC) and Isaac Regional Council (IRC).

Helicopter survey maps groundwater in the Condamine Alluvium

04 May 2023

Keen sky-watchers in the Dalby and Cecil Plains region will be able to spot a low-flying helicopter with a large rectangular frame suspended underneath it flying in formation from the 8th of May for up to 10 days.

Mary Basin water plan review deadline extended

21 April 2023

The deadline for submissions and feedback on the draft Mary Basin water plan has been extended by four weeks, to May 26.

Granite Belt landholders urged to help department identify groundwater infrastructure

12 April 2023

Landholders in the Granite Belt region are being urged to help the Department of Regional Development, Manufacturing and Water improve its understanding of shallow groundwater that is being taken in this region.

Queensland Government unlocks $10M of manufacturing grant funding

30 March 2023

Queensland manufacturers have access to $10 million in funding, under Round 3 of the Queensland Government’s recently announced Manufacturing Hubs Grant Program.

New Acland AWL decision review complete

28 March 2023

An internal review of the decision to grant an associated water licence to New Acland Coal Pty Ltd (NAC) for its Stage 3 development is complete and the reviewer has confirmed the original decision.

Help shape the future of the Burdekin Basin

10 March 2023

The Department of Regional Development, Manufacturing and Water is asking for early input from the community, including irrigators, First Nations peoples, and other key stakeholders, to help guide the Burdekin Basin water plan review.

Dawson River water licences granted

09 March 2023

Strong demand for water from irrigators along the Dawson River has resulted in 13 temporary water licences for almost 70,000ML of unallocated water being granted.

Tamborine and Springbrook water moratorium extended

09 March 2023

The moratorium protecting the Tamborine Mountain and Springbrook groundwater systems has been extended for another 12 months, until 2024.

Have your say on the new draft Mary Basin water plan

07 March 2023

The Department of Regional Development, Manufacturing and Water is asking for community feedback on a new draft water plan for the Mary Basin area, before submissions close on 21 April 2023.


Ministerial media releases and supporting resources can be found on the Ministerial media statements website.

Last updated: 01 Dec 2022