Plan to pre­serve the Great Arte­sian Basin

Western Times - - NEWS -

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.

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