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Our land, our water, our future is the Desert Channels Queensland (DCQ) Natural Resource Management (NRM) plan.  This living plan is 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 with online software to provide you with interactive maps to explore.  For a summary, check out this factsheet.

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 plan included targeted management actions in certain areas that are displayed on individual maps. These actions are developed to clearly identify where investment is required within the region under any of 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.

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

Previous plans and supporting material

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.



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Feral Pig Control in the Desert Channels Region

Snakes of Western Queensland

Monitoring Made Easy - landholder vegetation monitoring guide

Weeds and problem plants of the Channel Country

Growing Outback Gardens

Frogs of the Lake Eyre Basin


Annual Reports

To download and print the report of your choice, click on the relevant link below.

Desert Channels Queensland is supported by the Australian Government's National Landcare Programme and the Queensland Government


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