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Great Artesian Basin

The Water Plan (Great Artesian Basin and Other Regional Aquifers) 2017 commenced on 2 September 2017 replacing the previous Great Artesian Basin Water Plan, which expired on 1 September 2017.

Background

The Great Artesian Basin (GAB) is one of the largest groundwater basin complexes in the world. It lies beneath 22% of Australia and intersects 4 state and territory boundaries. About 70% of the GAB lies within Queensland and it is a major source of water for inland communities and industry.

The GAB feeds numerous springs of significant environmental and cultural conservation value. There are over a thousand springs in the Queensland part of the Basin.

Water planning

The water of the Queensland section of the Great Artesian Basin is currently managed through the Water Plan (Great Artesian Basin and Other Regional Aquifers) 2017. The water plan is implemented through the Great Artesian Basin water management protocol (PDF, 1.1MB) which was finalised in September 2017.

The chief executive has also finalised the water entitlement notice (PDF, 1.9MB).

Documents

Supporting documents

A number of supporting documents were prepared during the development of the draft water plan and water management protocol.

Hydrogeological assessments of the Great Artesian Basin

These assessments were prepared by Klohn Crippen Berger.

Reviews and reports

Fact sheets

Note: some of these file are larger than 2 MB and should be saved to your computer rather than viewed in your browser.

Great Artesian Basin and other regional aquifer groundwater dependent ecosystems

A register of Queensland Great Artesian Basin and other regional aquifer groundwater dependent ecosystems such as springs, water courses and the Yelarbon Desert will be maintained. It will contain groundwater dependent ecosystem locations, the groundwater unit and the cumulative drawdown for each groundwater dependent ecosystem.

Capping and piping uncontrolled bores and bore drain requirements

Under the Water Plan (Great Artesian Basin and Other Regional Aquifers) 2017, owners of uncontrolled bores and bore drains must complete a bore management statement.

Previous documents

You can view past reports and historical documents relating to the Great Artesian Basin plans in the library catalogue.

Contact us

Attention: GABORA Water Plan Coordinator
Water Policy
Department of Natural Resources and Mines
PO Box 15216
CITY EAST  QLD  4002

Phone: 13 QGOV (13 74 68) during business hours 
Email: wrpGreatArtesianBasin@dnrm.qld.gov.au

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Last updated: 26 September 2017

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