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.

The Department of Regional Development, Manufacturing and Water’s (RDMW) water meter revalidation program is being rolled out across Queensland to improve the standard and coverage of non-urban water meters.

With just over a month left until the 30 November validation deadline, the department is urging irrigators in the Coastal Burnett region to take action now.

RDMW South Region Executive Director Hamish Butler said accurate meters were vital to effective management of water.

“So far, we’ve received a total of 289 meter validation certificates from the Coastal Burnett area which is really positive news.

“These certificates tell us the validated water meters are providing accurate records of water take in the Coastal Burnett region which gives us confidence that the water resources are being managed sustainably for everyone’s benefit,” Mr Butler said.

“The accurate data also gives the owners of these 289 bores an opportunity to look at improving on-farm water efficiency or reducing operational costs where possible.

“These landholders have been organised and started their meter validation process early ahead of the last-minute rush we’re expecting in the coming weeks,” Mr Butler said.

If irrigators want more information or are struggling to meet their meter validation deadline, they can contact the department:


P: 07 3330 5441 (the Metering Hotline)

The initial focus of the meter revalidation roll-out is in priority areas such as the Coastal-Burnett groundwater management area.

Irrigators should also factor in the possibility of delays due to the availability of authorised meter validators.

To book a meter validation, find an authorised meter validator through Irrigation Australia Limited:

Irrigators can check their due dates for meter validations online:

“With the Bureau of Meteorology predicting dry conditions, managing water is more important than ever,” Mr Butler said.

“Without a validated meter, you cannot legally take water so my advice is to act now and book your meter validation and if you need assistance from the department, please contact us.”


Contact DRDMW Media Unit:

M: 0457 228 028

Last updated: 17 Oct 2023