Help review the Barron water plan

01 March 2021

Far North Queenslanders are encouraged to have their say on the review of the Barron water plan in the Cairns region.

Far North Queenslanders are encouraged to have their say on the review of the Barron water plan in the Cairns region.

To continue managing water use in the area in a balanced and sustainable way, the current water plan must be replaced prior its December 2022 expiry date.

The review of the Barron water plan will take into consideration new information about climate change and the risks and impacts to water allocation and management.

Another key focus of the review will be the effectiveness of arrangements in the Atherton and Cairns Northern Beaches groundwater management areas.

The department will be engaging directly with Aboriginal peoples and Torres Strait Islanders across the Barron water plan area to ensure cultural values, aspirations for water allocation and management help inform this review.

This early stakeholder input will help shape a draft replacement water plan which is expected to be released for further public consultation in early 2022 to ensure a fair and sustainable outcome for all.

The final replacement Barron water plan is on track for delivery in 2022.

Key documents which implement the plan, including the Water Management Protocol, Resource Operations Licence and Operations Manual, will be amended as necessary during the plan replacement process.

Queensland is divided into 22 water plan areas to balance the needs of water users and the environment at a catchment level. Underpinned by science and community consultation, water plans meet cultural, social, economic and environmental outcomes specific to the catchment.

Read more about how Queensland’s water system works.

For more information on the proposal to replace the Barron water plan visit the Business Queensland website.


Last updated: 01 Mar 2021