Public Notice: Queensland Upper Condamine Alluvium groundwater purchase tender
The Australian Government will open a new groundwater purchase tender in the Queensland Upper Condamine Alluvium on 30 November 2015. Interested groundwater licence holders will have until 10 February 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 competive 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 groundwater gap to bridge in the 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.
Further information including Request for Tender document and application form will be made available when the tender opens on 30 November 2015 at www.environment.gov.au/waterpurchasing or by calling 1800 218 478.
Please note that on 21 September 2015, responsibility for water policy and resources was transferred to the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources - Administrative Arrangement Order made on 21 September 2015. This tender is being held by the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources; however, as a temporary measure, documents for this tender will be hosted on the Department of the Environment website.