QLD’s ‘salad bowl’ farmers and industry receive water allocations
The Lockyer Valley and its farmers now have fair water allocations that will allow them to grow their businesses and sustain Queensland’s ‘salad bowl’ for decades to come.
Today, more than 400 farmers and businesses in the Lockyer Valley were advised of their individual water allocations under the region’s water plan.
The allocations are the final piece of the plan, which gives the Lockyer Valley and it’s producers a framework to grow their businesses and support job-creating economic development.
Farmers now know how much water they are entitled to and have the flexibility to buy and sell their water allocations as they need.
This will be great for Queensland’s ‘salad bowl’ that produces a large variety of fruit and veg including lettuce, carrots, potatoes, cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, pumpkin, corn and beans.
The new tradeable water allocations replace a collection of groundwater licenses, surface water interim allocations and authorisations held by irrigators, Seqwater and the Lockyer Valley Regional Council.
The Moreton Water Plan regulates:
- water from Clarendon Dam and Bill Gunn Dam, whether it’s piped via the Morton Vale pipeline or supplied directly to water users in Lockyer and Laidley creeks
- how underground water is refilled by water from the Clarendon Dam and Bill Gunn Dam through a series of nine recharge weirs
- groundwater trading in six new trading zones and the related water sharing rules.
It also provides for Seqwater and the Department of Natural Resources, Mines and Energy to measure water use, groundwater levels and water levels.
Last updated 6 March 2020