Water plan now open for feedback

WHITSUNDAY residents are invited to have their say on how the region's water resources and water infrastructure will be managed for the next decade.

The Whitsunday Draft Resource Operations Plan opened for public consultation on Tuesday.

Public information sessions to explain the process and outline how submissions can be presented will be held throughout the region over the coming months.

The draft plan includes details on the use of 30,000 megalitres of unallocated water which can be released to meet existing demand and future needs.

A key element of the plan is the proposal to convert nearly 250 existing water entitlements into tradable water areas in the Proserpine River Water Supply Scheme (Peter Faust Dam) and the Whitsunday Water Management Area, which includes parts of the O'Connell and Andromache rivers.

Member for Whitsunday Jan Jarratt said the Whitsunday Draft Resource Operations Plan covered parts of both the Whitsunday and Mackay local government areas. "The draft plan provides for the conversion of more than 60,000 megalitres of surface water entitlements, supplied by Peter Faust Dam, in the Proserpine River Water Supply Scheme into tradable water allocations,” she said.

"Provisions also are outlined for operating and environmental management rules, water sharing rules, trading rules and monitoring and reporting for the water supply scheme area.

"This will ensure the management of the Whitsunday's water resources is up to meeting the challenges that lie ahead, including population growth and climate change."

Public input and submissions are encouraged and may be considered during the final plan.

Members of the public have until February 11 next year to submit their feedback.

There will be an information session at the Proserpine RSL on December 2 between 4pm and 8pm.

Information on the draft plan is available online at www.derm.qld.gov.au/wrp/whitsunday or phone 3224 7792.

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