Queensland Upper Condamine Alluvium Groundwater Tender
The Australian Government’s Department of Agriculture and Water Resources will open a new groundwater tender in the Queensland Upper Condamine Alluvium on 6 May 2016. Interested groundwater licence holders will have until 19 May 2016 to make an offer.
The tender will be open to owners of groundwater water licences from all four sub-areas of the Central Condamine Alluvium and to owners of tradable groundwater licences in the Dalrymple Creek Alluvium Groundwater Management Area and Oakey Creek Groundwater Management Area.
The tender will be run as an open competitive tender within a budget of up to $10 million. The Government will be seeking best value for money.
This groundwater purchase tender will not contribute to the 2750 gigalitre surface water recovery target; however, it will help to deliver on the Government’s commitment to bridge the gap to the groundwater Sustainable Diversion Limits in the Basin Plan. There remains a gap to bridge in the Queensland Upper Condamine Alluvium and these purchases are an important step towards long‑term sustainability for groundwater irrigators in the region. This is the only groundwater recovery required in the Basin Plan and its purpose is to protect the productive base in the area.
The department held its previous groundwater tender (round four) in the Queensland Upper Condamine Alluvium between 30 November 2015 and 10 February 2016. This tender has been successfully completed. Information on round four, including the average price paid, is available on the department’s website.
Further information including Request for Tender document and application form will be made available when the tender opens on 6 May 2016 at agriculture.gov.au/waterpurchasing or by calling 1800 218 478.