New rules give councils greater flexibilty on water supply

CHANGES to the way bulk water is shared in south-west Queensland will allow some irrigators more cash from Federal Government buy-back schemes.

Those relying on groundwater in the Central Condamine Alluvium area of the Darling Downs will now be able to trade water between themselves or opt to sell it back to Commonwealth if they wish.

By the Queensland Government updating its own water sharing rules, water in the area will now be controlled by market forces under the federal Murray Darling Basin Plan.

Natural Resources Minister Andrew Cripps said the changes also allow governing councils in the area to benefit.

"These new rules hand them greater flexibility in managing their town water supply requirements," Mr Cripps said.

The detail of the water changes for Central Condamine Alluvium's water users can be found on the Department of Natural Resources and Mines website.



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