Environmental values (EVs) and water quality objectives (WQOs) for Townsville region waters (Black and Ross River basins, Magnetic Island and adjacent coastal waters) were finalised in August 2013. They are now included in schedule 1 of the Environmental Protection (Water and Wetland Biodiversity) Policy—the EPP (Water and Wetland Biodiversity). This follows consultations carried out for the Black-Ross Water Quality Improvement Plan, public release of draft materials in 2012, and subsequent consultations in 2013.
The EVs and WQOs for the Townsville region are derived from: information in the Black Ross (Townsville) Water Quality Improvement Plan (2010), available local water quality data, Great Barrier Reef water quality guidelines, and Queensland and national water quality guidelines.
Following the completion of the EVs project for this region, the department has prepared a Consultation summary and response to submissions . The report identifies the key issues raised by stakeholders during the Townsville and Mackay-Whitsunday EVs projects, and provides responses to the issues. It also summarises consultation activities undertaken before, during and after the public release of draft EV materials.
|Waters||Basin no.||Schedule 1—Document|
Environmental Values and Water Quality Objectives
Surface fresh water
Black River Basin, including all waters of the Black River Basin, and adjacent coastal waters
|Basin 117||Black River Basin||WQ1171 Black River Basin||WQ1183 Halifax and Cleveland Bay||WQ1184 Black and Ross River Basins Groundwater Zones|
|Ross River Basin and Magnetic Island, including all waters of the Ross River Basin, and adjacent coastal waters||Basin 118||Ross River Basin and Magnetic Island||WQ1183 Halifax and Cleveland Bay||WQ1184 Black and Ross River Basins Groundwater Zones|
- Black Ross (Townsville) Water Quality Improvement Plan (2010). This plan was prepared under the Townsville City Council’s Creek to Coral program
- Water quality guidelines for the Great Barrier Reef
- Burdekin Dry Tropics Natural Resource Management Plan
- Community Draft Environmental Values for the waters of the Burdekin Dry Tropics region
Spatial datasets for scheduled areas are available from the Queensland Spatial Catalogue, QSpatial. Search for ‘EPP’.
For further information please contact the Healthy Waters Policy and Strategy Team:
- by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
- by mail to the Healthy Waters Policy and Strategy Team at GPO Box 2454, Brisbane Qld 4001
Available from the library catalogue
The documents referred to on this page are available from the department’s online library catalogue.