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Water management

QLD Water Management


In Queensland, the Department of Natural Resources, Mines and Energy (QDNRM) is responsible for the administration and management of water resources.


Current Queensland Minister responsible for Water is Hon Dr Anthony Lynham.


Queensland Water Plans and resources relevant to the Border Rivers:


Queensland Department of Natural Resources, Mines and Energy is responsible for the management of water resources in the Queensland Border Rivers. This includes licensing, trade and compliance. 

SunWater manages the Macintyre Brook Water Supply Scheme and operates Coolmunda Dam. They also manage the billing for QLD water users across the Border Rivers.

NSW Water Management 


NSW Border Rivers is managed under the NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment (DPIE). They perform the policy and planning functions which direct the work of other agencies. 


Current NSW Minister responsible for Water is Hon. Ms Melinda Pavey MP. 


Relationship between Basin Plan, WRP and other instruments

Image Credit: NSW Department of Planning, Industry & Environment


NSW Water Plans and resources relevant to the Border Rivers: 


WaterNSW is responsible for the operation of the Border Rivers System in NSW, including Glenlyon Dam. They work in close collaboration with NSW DPIE and coordinate river operations from their Goondiwindi Office. They operate the system in accordance with the requirements of NSW Government (DPIE) and QLD Government (DNRME) which are laid out in the 2008 Intergovernmental Agreement. 



NSW Natural Resources Access Regulator (NRAR)

NSW Natural Resources Access Regulator (NRAR) was established in 2017 as part of the NSW Government’s response to Ken Mathews Report into water management and compliance in NSW. Their role is to be the ‘policeman on the beat’ in natural resource compliance, including all water resources. They enforce the law in respect to water licensing, access and metering and are the legal entity that prosecute those found to be doing illegal things. 

NRAR also have a role in educating people in how to become and remain compliant with the rules and regulations that govern how they use the resource. 


NRAR Public Register

NRAR Report Suspicious Water Activity


Who’s Who

Rural water authority

Catchment management authority

State government water authority

Use of environmental water

Irrigation water allocation

Affiliated Associations:

Boomi Gnoura Gnoura Water Users Ass., Eastern Recharge Groundwater Users Ass., Dumaresq Valley Irrigators Ass., Macintyre Brook Irrigators Ass., Mole & Sovereign Water Users Ass., Pindari Water Users Ass., Upper Weir River & Tributaries Water Users Ass., Lower Weir River Water Users Ass., Mungindi Water Users and Cotton Growers Ass., & Macintyre Valley Cotton Growers Ass.

thank you to our Associate Members 

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Water Policy

Border Rivers Valley