Qld Gov puts a lid on mountain water
No new groundwater bores can be constructed on Mount Tamborine and Springbrook for at least a year – except for farming and household use – while further research and more community engagement about water needs are prioritised.
From Friday 6 March, a 12-month moratorium is in place preventing new bores in the two areas.
The moratorium will prevent any new developments while the State works with the local councils and the community to identify the best way to manage the areas’ water.
The State Government is investing up to another $25,000 into further research and also seeking the community’s views on water use. This will provide the latest, up-to-date evidence to inform decision-making.
The department will be working with local businesses – including farmers – to get a better understanding of water use in the moratorium area. Drop-in sessions will be held in the coming weeks at the Springbrook Community Hall and the Vonda Youngman Community Centre at Tamborine to help develop a practical, simple reporting process.
The moratorium on new bores provides exemptions for households, farming, and town supply to ensure residents and farmers can access the water they need.
The information gathered during the moratorium will inform the Minister’s reports on the existing Logan Basin and Gold Coast water plans, required by mid-next year. These existing water plans stretch from as far south as Natural Bridge to as far north as Wynnum.
The most recent QUT research from 2011 shows that groundwater extraction at Tamborine is equivalent to less than five per cent of average annual groundwater recharge, that is, water going into the system.
Of that five per cent, farmers use almost 84 per cent for horticulture, households almost 11 per cent, and bottled water operations, about five per cent.
Visit dnrme.qld.gov.au for more details, including details of community drop-in sessions.
Last updated 5 March 2020