Water moratorium extended

Logan basin Gold Coast moratorium areas
Logan basin Gold Coast moratorium areas

The State Government has extended, without change, the water moratorium for Tamborine Mountain and Springbrook which was put in place on March 5, 2020.

The moratorium prevents the establishment of new commercial bores and existing ones cannot be enlarged or deepened.

The Department of Regional Development, Manufacturing and Water is supporting the ongoing monitoring and assessment of potential impacts to surface and groundwater resources with local council and researchers at QUT.

Restrictions were put in place after years of campaigning by local residents and the Tamborine Mountain Progress Association, which came to a head during the drought in 2019 when resident’s bores began to run dry.

The extension was granted on February 19, 2024.  Community access to essential water supplies, including exemptions for household supply, small-scale irrigation and town water supply still apply.

Retired councillor, Nigel Waistell said he welcomed the extension, saying it was critical for local supply.

“There is no need for the commercialisation of the water. It is for the mountain for farmers who need it and residents who need it for life,” he said.

Mr Waistell said rather than more commercial extraction a third local supplier was necessary as during times of low rainfall residents could be waiting six to eight weeks for water.

For further information visit https://www.rdmw.qld.gov.au/water/consultations-initiatives/tamborine-mountain-springbrook-groundwater