Apr 20 2018
The Maules Creek Water Source Management Zone is part of the larger Namoi Water Sharing Plan (WSP).
The Namoi WSP includes the “Green Gully” water licence 12479 owned by Maules Creek coal mine which can take only 78 ML per annum from Zone 11 groundwater and this licence is not exempt from cease to pump rules.
This Map and the legislative detail of the Namoi WSP for the Unregulated and Alluvial Water Sources is made under section 50 of the Water Management Act 2000.
According to the Namoi WSP, the Namoi Unregulated Rivers Water Sources include all water:
(a) occurring naturally on the surface of the ground within the boundaries of the Namoi Unregulated Rivers Water Sources shown on the Plan Map, and
(b) in rivers, lakes and wetlands within the boundaries of the Namoi Unregulated Rivers Water Sources shown on the Plan Map.
These water sources do not include water:
(a) contained in any fractured rock or porous rock,
(b) contained in the water sources to which the following water sharing plans apply:
(c) taken under a floodplain harvesting access licence with a share component that specifies a water source to which this Plan does not apply,
(d) contained in the sections of the watercourses specified in Column 2 of Schedule 1.
Groundwater Dependent Ecosystems (GDE):
Despite the presence of Stygofauna in the Maules Creek Alluvial Aquifer, the Namoi WSP does not identify any high priority GDE’s.
Maules Creek coal Water Licences