(1) Subject to subsection (2), an owner or occupier of a landholding is entitled, without the need for an access licence, water supply work approval or water use approval:(a) to take water from any river, estuary or lake to which the land has frontage or from any aquifer underlying the land, and(b) to construct and use a water supply work for that purpose, and(c) to use the water so taken for domestic consumption and stock watering, but not for any other purpose.(2) Any entitlement under subsection (1) to take or use water is subject to the following provisions:(a) owners or occupiers of new landholdings that are created by the subdivision of an existing landholding to which subsection (1) applied before the subdivision must not take or use water under the subsection contrary to any prohibition or restriction imposed on them by or under the regulations (including any prohibition or restriction that the Minister is authorised by the regulations to impose),(b) subsection (1) does not authorise a landholder to construct a dam or water bore without a water supply work approval.(3) In this section:
domestic consumption, in relation to land, means consumption for normal household purposes in domestic premises situated on the land.
stock watering, in relation to land, means the watering of stock animals being raised on the land, but does not include the use of water in connection with the raising of stock animals on an intensive commercial basis that are housed or kept in feedlots or buildings for all (or a substantial part) of the period during which the stock animals are being raised.