The Lower Burdekin Catchment Development (LBCD) project and associated report has been completed.
A summary of project findings is available from the ‘Useful resources’ box on this page.
In June 2015, the Queensland Government initiated the Lower Burdekin Catchment Development project in response to the growing demand to access water from the Burdekin Falls Dam and associated water distribution systems for the purpose of enabling appropriate and sustainable economic development.
The project aimed to provide the Queensland Government with a clear understanding of the future development potential of the Lower Burdekin and identify how the existing water infrastructure and water resources could be better used.
The LBCD project identified that further investigation was required into the impact of water quality issues and rising groundwater in the Burdekin Haughton Water Supply Scheme on agricultural production in the region. It was recommended that impacts on the surrounding Bowling Green Bay RAMSAR wetland and the Great Barrier Reef (GBR) should also be assessed. These proposed investigations were outside of the scope of the LBCD project.
The Department of Natural Resources and Mines (DNRM) will now lead these investigations with input from other government agencies, as required.