Ward River Waterhole Reserve Draft Plan of Management

The Ward River Waterhole Reserve Draft Plan of Management is now available for review and comment (link below).

The draft Plan of Management will be placed on public exhibition to give members of the community an opportunity to have a say in the future management of the Reserve. Public Exhibition of the plan will run from Monday 12 February 2018 until Wednesday 28 February 2018. The closing date for submissions is 2 March 2018.

Ward River Waterhole Reserve is a dedicated fishing and camping public recreation reserve on Crown land for which Murweh Shire Council has been appointed Trustee. It is a highly valued recreational space for the Charleville community and visitors, providing a place to enjoy nature. The Waterhole is a critical drought refuge habitat. Areas within the Reserve have high visitor use.

The Plan of Management aims to manage visitor impacts, while ensuring there is a healthy riparian (stream bank) area, reduced sedimentation and improved water quality leading to a healthy aquatic ecosystem. This is the first time a plan of management has been drafted to guide management actions for this valuable community asset.

What is a plan of management?

The plan is a management tool directed towards the sustainable management of public lands. Management actions within the plan will help guide the conservation of biodiversity, rehabilitation of landscapes and the protection of natural and cultural heritage. The plan details management actions to protect sensitive sites and address issues of concern.

Why is a plan being prepared now?

South West NRM has been tasked to prepare a plan in consultation with stakeholders and the community through funding provided by the Queensland Government Natural Resource Management Investment Program.

Where can I see a printed copy of the draft plan?

  • South West NRM Ltd, 71 Galatea Street, Charleville
  • Murweh Shire Council Offices, 95-101 Alfred Street, Charleville
  • Charleville Library, 94 Alfred Street, Charleville


How can I comment on the draft plan?

Public exhibition for the plan is from 12 February 2018 until 28 February 2018. Submissions close 2 March 2018. You are invited to comment on the draft plan by sending a written submission during this time.

All submissions will be considered. Here are some tips on making a submission:

  • Note which part or section of the plan your comments relate to
  • Give reasoning in support of your points or suggest other solutions/ideas
  • If you disagree, please tell us specifically what you disagree with and why you disagree
  • If you agree or support an idea in the plan, tell us


How can I lodge my submission or get further information?

Mail: South West NRM Ltd, PO Box 630, Charleville QLD 4470

Phone: 07 4656 8500

Email: catherine.conroy@swnrm.org.au

When will the Plan of Management be finalised?

After 2 March 2018, all submissions will be reviewed and any required changes made to the draft plan. The plan will then be forwarded to Murweh Council and tabled at a Council meeting. The final plan will also be made available on the South West NRM website and a copy given to the Queensland Government funders.