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									Land and water management plans
The purpose of land and water management plans                • you are in an area where a resource operation plan
(LWMPs) is to ensure that irrigation water use does not         (ROP) specifies that you require an LWMP to obtain a
cause land and water degradation, both on and off farm,         water licence
Approved LWMPs apply for 10 years, and remain a
condition of water use on the land, regardless of change      • you want to construct works to capture tail water or
of ownership. The Department of Natural Resources and           contaminated run-off, which require a development
Water (NRW) periodically reviews their performance in           permit (requirement of the Integrated Planning Act
consultation with the landholder.                               1997) under a water resource plan (WRP).
                                                              Unless there is already a requirement for an LWMP, you
Why prepare a LWMP?                                           do not need one if:
Preparing an LWMP can be a voluntary undertaking, or it       • a water licence is converted to a water allocation and
can be a legislative requirement, usually under the Water       you have continuously owned the benefit of both
Act 2000.
                                                              • you purchase a water allocation or interim water
Voluntary LWMPs                                                 allocation with the associated land as an ongoing
You can use an LWMP as part of normal business
practice to:                                                  LWMPs and water use plans
• plan and review an irrigation enterprise                    Though none has yet been declared, the Water Act
• identify and manage the risks to land and water that        provides for declaring an area a water use plan area. If
  are associated with irrigation practices                    one were declared, certain groups of water users might
                                                              be required to prepare an LWMP to manage land and
• record and measure improvements in practice                 water degradation risks identified by the water use plan.
• demonstrate that you are managing the risks
  associated with your farming operation.                     Contents of an LWMP
                                                              An LWMP consists of:
Mandatory LWMPs
                                                              • a property map (e.g. aerial photo base map)
Under the Water Act, you are required to have an LWMP
approved by NRW before you can use water from an              • overlays showing relevant detailed information
entitlement for irrigation when:                              • a written report outlining how you intend to meet each
• you obtain a new or additional water allocation or            desired outcome.
  interim water allocation
                                                              How to prepare an LWMP
• you intend to use a seasonal assignment of water as
  your only source of water on the same land in any two       Resources available to help you include:
  out of three consecutive water years                        • regional guidelines for the Burnett and Mary basins,
• you intend to use, on the same land, a seasonal               Fitzroy basin, Mackay–Whitsunday region, Lower
  assignment of water and water taken under an                  Burdekin catchments
  allocation, or an interim allocation, in any two of three   • draft guidelines for the Barron River ROP area
  consecutive water years, and water use will exceed
  the nominal allocation volume                               • state guidelines for landholders in all other areas
• your land is identified in a water use plan as land         • state guidelines reference manual
  where an LWMP is required
                                                              • information kits outlining the publicly available
• you move some or all of your existing water allocation        datasets stored by the department, and including
  from one resource operations plan (ROP) zone to               maps of areas covered
                                                              • fact sheet W93: Using the guidelines for land and
                                                                water management plans.
These resources are available in hard copy from NRW           Lodgement and assessment
service centres, or from the NRW website at
<>.                                         Check with your local LWMP officer to ensure that your
                                                              management plan is on the right track before lodging it at
You are also encouraged to make early contact with your       your local NRW office.
local NRW LWMP officer, who can visit your property and
discuss options with you if required, or provide you with     All plans undergo a technical assessment that may
workbook materials to help you complete your LWMP.            involve an industry representative. If an industry has
                                                              formulated its own best management practices, a plan
                                                              that meets these standards is likely to meet the minimum
Where to find the required information
                                                              practice standards required.
NRW may be able to supply:
                                                              Changes to farming practices
• maps showing information on soils, landform, natural
  drainage, and remnant vegetation                            You are encouraged to review your LWMP regularly to
                                                              keep it up to date with the latest best management
• information on the suitability of agricultural land in
                                                              practices to improve productivity and manage risks to
  your region
                                                              land and water.
• an aerial photo or satellite image property map (fees       You won't need an approved amendment to your plan for
  apply)                                                      minor changes that won't affect outcomes. However, you
• nformation on the latest water-use efficiency and           should discuss any proposed significant changes (such
  irrigation methods.                                         as irrigating more land or using a different or additional
                                                              irrigation method) with your local LWMP officer as, in this
Regional natural resource management bodies or                case, your plan may have to be formally amended and
industry groups may:                                          approved by NRW. The officer may also be able to
• be able to supply land resource mapping products for        advise you on how to get the most from the change.
  some regions
                                                              Progressive implementation of proposed
• have programs on identifying best management                developments
  practice options and developing a farm management
  system (FMS).                                               If you propose further developments, or if you or NRW
                                                              identify that you will need to change your management
The Department of Primary Industries and Fisheries            practices, farm infrastructure or layout as part of your
provides:                                                     LWMP, where possible, NRW will negotiate a mutually
• crop advice                                                 suitable timeframe in which to implement the changes.

• information on the latest water-use efficiency and          Deferring preparation of an LWMP
  irrigation methods.
                                                              If you have a valid reason for not developing a plan
The Environmental Protection Agency can advise on:            immediately, contact your local LWMP officer about a
• conservation of biodiversity                                deferral. These can be granted for up to 12 months
                                                              during which time you are allowed to use the irrigation
• areas of significant environmental value                    water.
• water quality objectives.                                   NRW will assess the information you provide and the
                                                              potential risks posed to land and water before granting a
The Queensland Rural Adjustment Authority (QRAA)              deferral. If one is granted, you must have an LWMP
may provide financial assistance for these activities.        approved by the end of the deferral period.
You can also engage consultants to help you prepare
part or all of your LWMP.
                                                                                                        September 2007
FMSs and LWMPs                                                                                                     W56
                                                                                 For further information phone 13 13 04
Contact NRW for advice if you already have an FMS, as
one that has been certified under an NRW-accredited
program can be approved as equivalent to an LWMP.
NRW can also advise you if any property management
plan, or other plans and documents you already have are
suitable for use in an LWMP.                  Water ... securing water for Queensland’s future
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