Plan to preserve the Great Artesian Basin
A NEW plan for the Great Artesian Basin, a natural water store that runs throughout Queensland, could help save 207,205 megalitres of water, the equivalent of 32,000 Olympic swimming pools.
Natural Resources and Mines Minister Dr Anthony Lynham said the plan gave farmers incentives to meet a 10-year deadline to deal with the remaining free-flowing bores and drains in the basin area
“About 80,000ML of water are wasted annually in the Queensland Great Artesian Basin area through uncontrolled bores and drains,” Dr Lynham said.
“The new Great Artesian Basin and Other Regional Aquifers water plan offers landholders 30% of the water they save when they cap bores and drains.
“This will preserve water for future generations as well as providing critical water to allow landholders to grow their businesses and create jobs.”
The basin provides water for more than 80 regional Queensland towns and grazing, cropping, feedlot, mining, tourism and geothermal power industries from Thargomindah in the south-west to Weipa in the far north.
Under a joint Commonwealth-State Great Artesian Basin Sustainability Initiative, 700 uncontrolled flowing bores have been rehabilitated and more than 14,000km of bore drains have been replaced with piping.
This will save 207,205ML per annum from the Great Artesian Basin.
The plan will also provide a total of 39,505ML of unallocated water reserves across the area to be utilised.