Gold Coast water plan
The process to review and replace the Water Plan (Gold Coast) 2006 is underway. We need to develop a replacement water plan that addresses current and emerging issues within the water plan area.
About the water plan area
The Gold Coast water plan area (PDF, 1.4MB) covers approximately 1,300 square kilometres in South East Queensland and includes the Pimpama River, Coomera River, Nerang River, Tallebudgera Creek and Currumbin Creek.
The water plan supports water needs for several urban centres including those along the coastal strip, Pimpama, Jacobs Well, Springbrook, Natural Bridge, Binna Burra and parts of Tamborine Mountain.
The hinterland areas of Springbrook, Natural Bridge, Binna Burra and Tamborine Mountain rely heavily on unsupplemented surface water and groundwater and many do not have access to reticulated water supply.
For supplemented water within the area, surface water from Hinze Dam and Little Nerang Dam is supplied through the Nerang Water Supply Scheme which is owned and operated by Seqwater.
Preliminary public consultation
Submissions on the preliminary public consultation notice (PDF, 138.9KB) closed on 21 July 2023.
We will consider all submissions as we develop the replacement Gold Coast water plan.
There will be further opportunities for local stakeholders and the community to have their say on the development of the replacement water plan.
Tamborine Mountain and Springbrook groundwater
The Tamborine Mountain and Springbrook communities have raised concerns about local water security.
We are working with those communities to better understand their current and future water needs as well as how the groundwater aquifers function.
While groundwater take is currently not managed under the region’s water plan, a moratorium notice (PDF, 136.1KB) has been in place since 6 March 2020 which prohibits the construction of new underground water works (bores) for commercial use in the Tamborine Mountain and Springbrook areas.
We welcome submissions and discussions about the future management of underground water resources in the Gold Coast water plan area as part of our review and replacement of the water plan.
The department continues to work with the Scenic Rim Regional Council, Gold Coast City Council and researchers from Queensland University of Technology to support the ongoing monitoring and assessment of potential impacts to surface and groundwater resources in the moratorium areas. This scientific research is providing the department with a better understanding of the underground water resource to address water security risks in the areas.
Read more about Tamborine Mountain and Springbrook groundwater.
Engagement with stakeholders
Early and ongoing engagement is a critical component in the review and development of a replacement water plan. We are engaging with people to help the community understand the water plan development process, discuss issues and opportunities, and ultimately improve the plan itself.
Engagement provides the opportunity to draw on people’s collective knowledge, and to build collaborative support and involvement in the water planning process. We believe that through active, genuine and cooperative engagement we will achieve a sustainable water plan for the Gold Coast.
A targeted engagement strategy is being used by the department during development of the replacement water plan. This includes engagement with Aboriginal peoples and Torres Strait Islanders which is crucial to improved understanding of current and emerging cultural water needs in the plan area.
Our engagement strategy aims to:
- enable more detailed, focused and efficient discussion of matters that were identified during consultation with relevant stakeholder groups
- provide a safe and constructive environment for collaborative stakeholder involvement.
A variety of engagement activities and communication tools will be used during the development of the replacement water plan, for example:
- individual meetings with stakeholder groups and communities
- on country meetings with Traditional Owners
- meetings during the draft water plan public consultation and submission phase
- presentations at peak industry water engagement forums
- website and social media communication
- publication of technical and research reports and supporting information.
If you need any further information or wish to discuss the Gold Coast water plan with someone from the department, please contact us by emailing GoldCoastWP@rdmw.qld.gov.au
Read more about water management in the Gold Coast area.
Have your say on the Logan Basin water plan review.
Last updated: 25 Oct 2023