QLD Water Amendments

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August 28, 2017
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August 28, 2017

QLD Water Amendments

The Mineral, Water and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2017 (QLD) introduces reform in several areas however significantly in the area of water planning. The Water Planning Framework under the Water Act 2000 (QLD) will be amended to require the Minister to consider the effects of climate change when drafting a water plan. The Bill also introduces indigenous cultural recognition into the management of state water. The Bill also allows for temporary access to unutilised water reserves that is designated for water infrastructure projects. For projects that are stagnant, other users will be able to temporarily access the allocated water. Finally the Water Act 2000 (QLD) would also be amended to allow for emergency mechanisms to deal with water quality issues.

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