By-Laws Adoption

Mount Isa Water Board is proposing to adopting by-laws for the R48 Reserve, to ensure its continued use as a safe water source and an important recreational area for the community.

  • The R48 Reserve, which includes Lake Moondarra, is a popular recreational area enjoyed by the Mount Isa community for water sport, fishing and leisure activities.
  • Mount Isa Water Board (MIWB) acts as trustee for the reserve on behalf of the Department of Natural Resources and Mines, and is responsible for the day-to-day management of recreational activities within the reserve.
  • The current rules for users of the R48 Reserve need to be legally ratified to ensure MIWB can continue to effectively manage the area in its capacity as trustee for the site.
  • MIWB is proposing to adopt a standard set of by-laws set out in the Land Regulation 2009 which govern how a reserve can be used. This is to ensure recreational use of the area is effectively and sustainably managed and to ensure the area remains an important sanctuary for wildlife and a safe catchment for drinking water.
  • Public consultation is a key component of the by-law legal adoption process.
  • MIWB is seeking genuine input from interested parties during the public engagement period. We encourage the Mount Isa community to write to us by letter or email to provide your feedback on the proposal.

We recognise that the R48 Reserve is important to the local community, which is why we are using this consultation period as an opportunity to talk more broadly with the community about future recreational camping on the Reserve.

  • While a key focus of the public consultation process is to ensure the community is aware of, understands, and has an opportunity to comment on the by-laws, it is also a great time for MIWB to open up discussions on how the R48 Reserve is used as a recreational area.
  • In particular, MIWB is seeking to better understand community views relating to camping on the Reserve.
  • Your views on this will help us determine if there is community support for changing some of the current camping restrictions and /or enable us to put in place more appropriate administrative mechanisms related to camping (e.g. permit provision and conditions etc.).
  • There will be a number of opportunities and ways you can have input, most especially we encourage you to provide written feedback which will be formally considered before the Board makes a final decision.

While the R48 Reserve is a much-loved recreational spot for the community and we are keen to hear views on how this can be maximised, MIWB must also ensure the safety or quality of this important water source and its surrounding environment is not compromised.

  • Maintaining a safe, high quality water source is MIWB’s top priority. Providing a great space for recreational activities at the same time is a balancing act, which we’re committed to getting right.
  • Input relating to camping or other recreational activities on the reserve, will need to be viewed with these broader environmental considerations in mind.
  • We are locals too – we understand how much everyone enjoys this special space.
  • It’s about ensuring the public can undertake one of their favourite recreational activities, but in a sustainable and responsible manner.

The formal consultation period for the proposed adoption of the Trust Land Protection and Use Model By-Law 2009 and the Trust Land Consumption of Liquor Model By-law 2009 is now closed. MIWB thanks the community for their consideration of these matters and and for taking the time to write to us with your input. MIWB is now reviewing the feedback provided and will make a decision on next steps in the coming months. The proposed Model By-laws are still accessible here.


The by-laws and the consultation process are also covered in the following Frequently Asked Questions:

What are by-laws?

In Queensland, reserves are generally governed by a set of model by-laws which are set out under the Land Regulation 2009. By-laws help to ensure these environments are protected and managed in an effective and sustainable manner.

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What do the by-laws for the R48 Reserve relate to?

The by-laws govern how the R48 Reserve can be used and includes information relating to:
● Animals – protection, prohibition, and control of (including dogs)
● Camping
● Damaging or interfering with land or improvements
● Displaying or distributing literature
● Disturbing peaceful use of trust land
● Entering closed areas
● Lighting fires
● Litter
● Selling things
● Vehicle use

As the trustee for the Reserve, MIWB needs to be able to continue to effectively and sustainably manage the area and ensure its continued use as a safe water source and recreational area for the Mount Isa community.

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Has there been a change the rules in respect to camping on the Reserve?

No. A this stage camping on the Reserve continues to be prohibited unless MIWB has expressly granted permission (as we do during the Moondarra Fishing Classic).

Notwithstanding this, MIWB understands that the R48 Reserve is important to the local community and that there may be community support for reviewing how permits are issued and the conditions under which camping could be made more generally permissible. It is also an opportunity for MIWB to understand if it needs to put in place more appropriate administrative mechanisms related to camping permit provision and management.

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What is the process for adopting the by-laws?

The key steps in the by-law adoption process are:
1. By-laws are proposed and drafted, in this case MIWB propose to adopt the standard Model By-laws from the Land Regulation 2009
2. Public consultation process commences (consultation relates to the proposed adoption of the by-laws)
3. Public is provided with access to proposed by-laws
4. All public submissions made during consultation process are considered by MIWB as trustee for the Reserve
5. MIWB, as trustee, makes a decision by resolution, to proceed or not
6. By-laws are formally adopted (includes submission of proposed by-laws and record of the resolution to proceed, to Minister and formal gazetting process)
7. Public is notified that the by-laws have been adopted.

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When will the proposed by-laws take effect?

The by-laws will then take effect once the Government has gazetted the by-laws. This means, the Minister has received a copy of the by-laws and a record of the resolution to proceed with the proposed by-laws, and arranges for the adoption of the by-laws to be published in the gazette. At this stage, we anticipate the full process should be completed during Spring 2016.

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How long will the adopted by-laws be in effect?

Typically, by-laws are in place for perpetuity or until such time that the government-of-the-day seeks to review or change the Model By-Laws under the Land Regulation 2009.

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