Have your say on Queensland's water future

Have your say on Queensland's water future

22.02.2013 - Posted by Steve Skull
discussion paper on the future of the Queensland Water Sector was released for public comment late last year by the Queensland Government’s Department of Energy and Water Supply. Comments can be made until Friday 29 March 2013. The strategy will be developed in the remainder of 2013 following a review of submissions.

Interestingly, the discussion paper focuses primarily on water and sewage providers. Unfortunately, its scope does not specifically consider key related areas including water resource planning, broader environmental issues (such as water quality objectives) and national water frameworks.

On the positive side, the paper acknowledges it is the environment that underpins Queensland’s economic growth, development and diverse lifestyles. It also aims for a future water sector that undertakes planning based on catchment boundaries rather than those of local governments, is better integrated, more innovative and, potentially, has a more consolidated funding model.

We would encourage anyone interested in the future of the water sector in Queensland to make a submission.

The Mary River in South East Queensland (photo mrccc.org.au)