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Local water boards

Water authorities and local water boards carry out a range of local water activities. This can include water supply, provision of drainage systems, riverine protection, soil erosion control, and management of recreational areas.

Water authorities are established under the Water Act 2000 and are classified as either Category 1 or Category 2. Category 1 water authorities operate on a much larger scale than Category 2 water authorities.

Queensland has two Category 1 authorities: the Gladstone Area Water Board and the Mount Isa Water Board. Both report to the Department of Energy and Water Supply. Category 2 water authorities report to the Department of Natural Resources, Mines and Energy.

Statutory obligations

Water authorities are registered service providers and have a range of statutory obligations. Directors of Category 2 water authorities are elected members of the community. Elections must follow voting and ballot procedures for category 2 water authorities (PDF, 287.2KB).

Public interest disclosures

Category 2 water authorities can use the procedure for managing public interest disclosures template (DOC, 425.0KB) to comply with provisions of the Public Interest Disclosure Act 2010.

Annual reports and strategic plans

You can find out more about the activities and plans of water authorities in their annual report and strategic plan.

Visit the the Gladstone Area Water Board and the Mount Isa Water Board for copies of their reports and plans.

Past documents are available from our library, as well as the final reports of water authorities that have transitioned away from government.

Community projects

Local water boards may initiate community participation in natural resource protection projects such as stream bank rehabilitation. Recently Glamorgan Vale Water Board completed a project in weed eradication and revegetation along Black Snake Creek

More information

For more information, or to request an area map for a particular Category 2 water authority, contact the Manager, Development and Evaluation on (07) 3199 7824.

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Last updated
1 August 2017
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