Notification of works in the Granite Belt underground water sub-area
To better understand, manage and protect the Granite Belt underground water sub-area in the Stanthorpe area, we are collecting information from landholders on existing works that capture or interfere with underground water in the decomposed (weathered) granite.
By notifying us, your existing works or infrastructure will be formally identified and considered when managing this water resource in a way that protects existing water users.
Capturing this information will also help ensure Queensland can meet its commitments under the Murray Darling Basin Plan 2012.
About the Granite Belt underground water sub-area
The Water Plan (Border Rivers and Moonie) 2019 (water plan) sets out how water is managed and the rules that govern access to water in the Granite Belt underground water sub-area(GBUWA). Due to high levels of connectivity between overland flow (surface water) and underground water in the weathered layer of the granite geology, the water plan manages these as a joint resource.
In order to protect this resource and existing water users, the department implemented a moratorium to prevent any new or enhanced works that take, or interfere with, underground water for any purpose other than stock or domestic use. This moratorium came into effect in 6 July 2016 and the restriction on these works is now covered by the 2019 water plan.
What needs to be notified
You can check if your property falls within the Granite Belt underground water sub-area by looking at the Queensland Globe.
Granite Belt landholders are required to provide details of works that commenced in the GBUWA before 6 July 2016 such as:
- interception trenches and any associated ring tanks
- spring fed dams
- bores or wells.
Notifiable works include those relating to horticulture, industrial, tourism, commercial or food processing.
This information must be provided to the department by 20 September 2023 using the notification form (PDF, 281.9KB).
What does not need to be notified
The following types of works do not need to be reported:
- any works that have previously been notified, for example overland flow dams
- works used to take water for stock or domestic purposes only.
How to notify the department
Complete and print the online notification form (PDF, 281.9KB) and either:
- Post your completed form to:
Department of Regional Development, Manufacturing and Water
South Region Water Planning
PO Box 318
Toowoomba Qld 4350
- Email your completed form to GraniteBeltNotice@rdmw.qld.gov.au
- View the public notice (PDF, 603.5KB) under section 36 of the Water Act 2000.
- Read our guidance material (PDF, 4.3MB) for further details and a GBUWA map (PDF, 733.9KB).
- Download the notification form (PDF, 281.9KB).
- View and explore the GBUWA on Queensland Globe..
- Phone the DRDMW Toowoomba office on 07 4529 1347.
- Email the project team on GraniteBeltNotice@rdmw.qld.gov.au.
Last updated: 20 Mar 2023