New groundwater purchase round in the Queensland Central Condamine Alluvium

Department of the Environment

Media release
15 July 2014

The Australian Government has announced the opening of Commonwealth groundwater purchases in the Queensland Central Condamine Alluvium.

The tender for groundwater purchases in the area will open on Monday, 21 July 2014. A budget of up to $10 million has been allocated and groundwater entitlement holders will have until Thursday, 14 August 2014 to make an offer.

Groundwater purchases in the Condamine Alluvium will contribute towards the Government’s commitment to bridging the gap to meet the Sustainable Diversion Limits as set out in the Murray-Darling Basin Plan.

These purchases are part of the Commonwealth’s water purchasing programme in the Central Condamine Alluvium and are an important step towards long term sustainability for groundwater irrigators in the region.

A reduction in groundwater extractions for the Central Condamine Alluvium was included in the Basin Plan due to concern about declining groundwater levels.

Water purchasing will help protect the productive base of the groundwater resource for the long term benefit of irrigators and the local community.

The Australian Government is committed to implementing the Basin Plan on time and in full.

This tender was developed in close consultation with Queensland Government officials and local stakeholders.

Further information including program guidelines and application forms will be made available on the Department’s website at www.environment.gov.au/waterpurchasing or by calling the Water Information Line on 1800 218 478 when the program opens on 21 July 2014.