Queensland Government Department of Natural Resources and Mines is holding public information sessions across the plan area to provide further information on the statement of proposals and the commencement of the water planning process.
Cape York is the last region in Queensland to commence a water resource planning process. While the level of water resource development in Cape York is relatively low compared to other parts of the state, a robust water allocation and management framework is needed to balance the needs of agriculture, mining, industry and town water supplies with environmental, social and indigenous water needs.
A statutory water plan for Cape York will cover the 15 basins across Cape York: Archer, Coleman, Ducie, Embley, Endeavour, Holroyd, Jacky Jacky, Jardine River, Jeannie, Lockhart, Normanby, Olive-Pascoe, Stewart, Watson and the Wenlock.
Anyone with an interest in the planning process may comment on the statement of proposals, issues that should be considered in the plan's development and the process for community engagement.
Local consultative group
Nominations are being sought for membership on the local consultative group. This group will be formed to provide a forum for communication between the community and the department and will have representatives from cultural, economic and environmental interests in the plan area. Members will meet to identify issues, review information and provide input and advice throughout the development of the plan.
To provide further information on the statement of proposals and the commencement of the water planning process, public information sessions will be held across the plan area:
- Weipa 1 June 2.30pm-4.30pm Western Cape Centre
- Cooktown 15 June 2pm-4pm Lions Club Hall
- Lakeland 16 June 10am-midday Lakeland Hall
For full details and associated links, go to https://www.dnrm.qld.gov.au/water/catchments-planning/catchments/cape-york