The Condamine-Balonne WMA covers the most upstream reaches of the Murray-Darling Basin. It incorporates the catchments of the Condamine and Maranoa Rivers as well as the Balonne, Culgoa and associated rivers from their confluence to the New South Wales border. The WMA includes three Water Supply Schemes: the Upper Condamine, Maranoa and St George Water Supply Schemes. While the Water Resource Plan (WRP) for the area was completed in 2004, the Resource Operation Plan is currently under development.
This area also covers two groundwater areas: Eastern Downs and Eastern Downs Ground water management area GMUs with the remainder of the area overlying the Great Artesian Basin GMU.
Figure 1 Condamine-Balonne water management area locality map
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Management of Water Supply
Natural Resources and Water (QNRW) is the licensing authority responsible for un-supplemented surface water diversions and groundwater extractions. They develop and manage the Water Resource Plans and Resource Operation Plans [http://www.nrw.qld.gov.au/wrp/index.html].
Sunwater manages the regulated supplemented water in the Condamine-Balonne along with water harvesting within the declared areas. As the ROP is currently under development, SunWater manages the water supply schemes under Interim Resource Operation Licenses (IROLs) issued by QNRW.
Local Government is responsible for retail water supply, the majority of which is sourced from SunWater. Toowoomba City Council lies within the Condamine-Balonne catchment but owns and manages the Perseverance and Cressbrook Dams within the Moreton catchment, as well as Cooby Dam within the Condamine-Balonne. Toowoomba City Council transfers water out of the Moreton WRP area, treats it and then delivers it to surrounding councils in both the Moreton and Condamine-Balonne catchments, with the majority discharged to the Condamine-Balonne.
Management of Waterways
QNRW are responsible for waterway management upstream of the tidal zone including in stream and riparian works and extractions. The Department of Primary Industries and Fisheries (QDPIF) are responsible for maintaining marine habitats, incorporating riparian works in the tidal zone. The Environmental Protection Agency (QEPA) are responsible for establishing environmental values and water quality objectives for waterways, licensing discharges and monitoring water quality.
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