Regional Water Assessment Program

The Queensland Government is investing a total of $9 million in regional water assessments in 3 areas across the state.

The Regional Water Assessment Program will set a roadmap for economic growth in 3 of Queensland’s significant food bowls. Building on previous water supply investigations in each region, the program is taking a comprehensive view of local water needs and identifying gaps to be filled.

Once complete, the assessments will set out how existing infrastructure, new infrastructure and non-infrastructure solutions can be used to maximise water supply in each area and drive economic growth.

Potential sources of water supply are being considered across boundaries of local government areas and catchments to maximise benefits, increase the effective use of existing infrastructure, and minimise costs.

Regional water assessment areas

The regional water assessments are exploring 3 of the state’s most significant food bowl areas, which were identified as having the best potential to achieve greater regional economic development through investment in water:

Each assessment is expected to take 18 to 24 months to complete. The Southern and Darling Downs assessment began in July 2021, and Tablelands assessment in November 2021. Early Bundaberg and Burnett assessment activity began in late 2021.

Consultation with stakeholders

Local knowledge will be essential to getting the best results for each assessment area. That’s why each assessment is supported by a stakeholder advisory group consisting of local governments, industry and peak body representatives, Sunwater and other relevant entities.

The stakeholder advisory groups are helping to identify all water supply options in the regions. A process will then occur to reduce this list for further assessment, and finally to identify those projects that warrant further investment.

Following the completion of draft technical analyses, wider public consultation will contribute to each assessment’s final development. Public consultation details will be provided here when available.

Further information

Please contact regionalwaterassessments@rdmw.qld.gov.au for further information.

Last updated: 28 Jul 2022