Protecting our water assets

Seqwater works collaboratively with state and local government, individual land holders, agencies and the community to implement planning processes and outcomes that recognise the importance of a safe, secure and reliable drinking water supply.

On 3 July 2017, Queensland adopted a new planning framework under the Planning Act 2016 and the Planning Regulation 2017

The State Planning Policy (SPP) is a state instrument which identifies a variety of state interests. Water quality, energy and water supply, infrastructure integration, natural hazards and flood risks and resilience are relevant to Seqwater. State interests are identified through the SPP Interactive Mapping System which include mapping of the water supply buffer area, water resource catchment areas and bulk water supply infrastructure. 

Shaping SEQ also referred to as the South East Queensland Regional Plan, provides a framework to manage growth, land use change and development in the region. It includes protections for drinking water catchments specific to South East Queensland.

The integration of the SPP and Shaping SEQ into local planning schemes in undertaken by the Department of State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning. Seqwater provides input through state interest reviews to ensure local planning schemes appropriately reflect relevant state interests. Guidelines have been produced to help councils put the policy into action.

Local and State government may also refer development applications to Seqwater for third party advice and referral entity advice, to assist in determining whether an application has met the intent of the SPP and Shaping SEQ. In relation to water quality, applications are assessed against Shaping SEQ, SPP, the SPP Guidance: Water Quality and the Seqwater Development Guidelines for Water Quality Management in Drinking Water Catchments, the SPP Guidance: Energy and Water Supply and the SPP Guidance: Infrastructure Integration and SPP Guidance: Natural hazards, risks and resilience - Flood.

Additionally, Seqwater has developed a Land Use Risk Tool to make better informed planning and design decisions about onsite wastewater treatment systems to manage the risk of these systems in drinking water catchments.

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Protecting our water assets