Our Land, our water, our future

Our land, our water, our future is the Desert Channels Queensland (DCQ) Natural Resource Management (NRM) plan.  This is a living plan that’s renewed every five years.  The fourth iteration, covering 2021 to 2025, is currently open for community feedback.  It will guide investment in the region for the next five years.

This 2021-2025 iteration has been built in a new online software to provide you with interactive maps to explore.  For a summary, check out this factsheet.

Each iteration of the plan is based on community consultation, and we would really appreciate your feedback before it’s finalised – it’s important the plan reflects current community views and values.  You can do so by contacting Andrew Burrows on 0427 427 966 or via email –

You can also still navigate the 2016 to 2020 version in this interactive sub-site, or download it as a navigable PDF.  This follows the original 2004-2009 version and the second iteration covering 2010-2015.  Information to support the NRM plan, such as community feedback, available science and reports, along with additional maps of key features in the region is documented in a Community Information Paper.

The major change to this version of the plan is the platform on which it’s built.  This includes interactive maps that allow you to zoom in to get a better idea of where the issues are and where the plan is guiding action across the region under the three themes of natural resources, industry or community. This information provides the community with a clear overview of where investment is required to sustain our natural resources.

Our Previous Community Plans

The superseded DCQ NRM plan (2010-2015) reflects the issues identified in 2010 by our community as being important, along with the actions to be taken to sustainably manage the natural resources of their region.

The six highest-ranking issues identified by the community were (in order of priority):

  • Weeds/feral animals
  • Vegetation management
  • Grazing pressure/Pasture management/Safe carrying capacity
  • Surface water management
  • Land degradation
  • Viability/economics

Other issues identified by the community were (in alphabetical order):

  • Biodiversity Conservation / Endangered Species
  • Chemical Contamination / Waste Management / Pollution
  • Climate Risk and Drought
  • Diversification
  • Education / Awareness
  • Great Artesian Basin
  • Indigenous Land Management
  • Lack of data
  • Mining and Petroleum
  • Property Management Practices / Planning
  • Salinity
  • Security of Tenure
  • Streamline Ecology
  • Tourism
  • Wildlife use / harvesting


The 2010-2015 plan is an update of our first NRM plan (2004-2009) which was in effect from 2004 and 2009. This initial plan had a range of other planning documents to support its development and implementation. These include:

Below is a list of the current and historical planning documents used by DCQ to guide sustainable natural resource management across the 510,000 square kilometre Queensland section of the Lake Eyre Basin.


Attachment Size
DCQ Plan (2004-2009).pdf 1.15 MB
DCQ Regional Investment Strategy (2004-2007).pdf 702.95 KB
Community Information Paper (2004-2015).pdf 1.27 MB
DCQ Regional NRM Plan 2010.pdf 2.09 MB
Biodiversity plan 2012-2017part 1.pdf 1.95 MB
Biodiversity plan 2012-2017part2.pdf 1.58 MB
DCQ NRM PLAN (2016-2020).pdf 3.85 MB
Community Information Paper (2015-2020).pdf 2.09 MB