Dr Anthony Lynham

STATE MEMBER FOR STAFFORD

Have a say on the Baffle Creek Basin Water Plan extension

Baffle Creek Basin catchment

7 February, 2019 –

As part of the proposed nine-year extension of the water plan we are seeking feedback from communities and industry in the Baffle Creek Basin catchment – from the people who know best about their water.

The Baffle Creek Basin plan area includes the catchments of Littabella, Baffle, Broadwater, Eurimbula and Worthington creeks.

While it is great news to see the implementation of the water plan delivering outcomes for local farmers and irrigators, it is important that the public also has an opportunity to make submissions.

This plan has successfully supported water use for dairying, fodder, plantations and horticulture throughout the region and continues to nurture growth in these industries by providing access to unallocated water reserves.

Under the current arrangements, the Baffle Creek Basin Water Plan was due to expire on 1 September 2021 but as a result of its success and feedback from the community, we are proposing the extension.

It is important to note we can’t and won’t be complacent, any extension will not hinder the government from reviewing or amending the plan at any time in the future should circumstances change.

My department will continue to monitor the ongoing health and supply of water in the Baffle Creek Basin area. Effective management of the region’s water is vital to agricultural development and the environment.

For further information visit the Department of Natural Resources, Mines and Energy’s website.

Feedback on the extension can also be provided via the website and can be submitted until 29 March 2019.