Moreton water plan review calls for community feedback
The Queensland Government is reviewing the Moreton water plan and is seeking community feedback.
The Moreton water plan area includes Gatton, Laidley, the Lockyer Valley, Ipswich, Brisbane, Redcliffe and Caboolture on the east coast.
Major catchments in the water plan area include the Bremer River, Brisbane River, Caboolture River, Lockyer Creek, Pine River and Stanley River.
Water plans are important because they regulate the way water is allocated and used in a water plan area. They apply to water in rivers, lakes and springs. Where there is an identified risk water plans also apply to overland flow water and underground water. Such risks could include low water pressure, or high water take that is impacting water flow and availability.
Water plans ensure that water is managed sustainably and that environmental and cultural needs are met, alongside the demands from communities, industry and farmers.
DRDMW South Region Executive Director Hamish Butler said this initial round of public consultation was the first step in a lengthy process to replace the Moreton water plan, which is due to expire in 2026.
“It’s really important we get all views because a water plan is in place for a long time and needs to reflect the needs of a diverse range of water users, and the environment.
“If you have an interest in how water is managed in the Moreton region, I urge you to get involved and let us know your thoughts.
The Moreton water plan was introduced in 2007 and will expire in 2026.
“We need to develop a replacement water plan that addresses emerging issues.
“Every submission we receive from this round of consultation will be considered alongside technical assessments as we draft the replacement water plan for another round of public consultation further down the track.”
Mr Butler said water plans are updated to ensure the latest science is included in managing water.
“We use the best available science to identify water availability and socioeconomic, cultural and environmental needs and make informed decisions that balance these competing interests,” he said.
Under the Water Act 2000 a report on each water plan must be prepared at least every five years. The report assesses the plan’s effectiveness and implementation.
In the Minister’s 2021 Moreton water plan report it was found the plan is largely fit for purpose, although there are some potential issues emerging that should be considered in the next plan.
Among them, important knowledge gaps relating to cultural values and uses of water will be addressed through consultation with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
Other issues include improving water security for off-grid communities, addressing predicted increased demand for water, and planning for how climate change will affect water availability within the plan area.
To have your say, visit the project webpage.
To read about the Moreton water plan, visit the Business Queensland website.
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Last updated: 03 Nov 2023