Have your say on the future of the Great Artesian Basin

Outback communities will have further opportunities to have their say about the future of the Great Artesian Basin with consultation on a Strategic Management Plan extended until 9 November.

Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources David Littleproud says the extension came after successful community meetings in NSW, SA and the NT.

“The Great Artesian Basin is the most important resource in the outback. Its water supports more than 180,000 people, 7,600 businesses and $13 billion in economic activity.”

“The drought makes it even more important we get management of the Great Artesian Basin right.

“That’s why we’re investing an extra $36.9 million over six years to increase water security in the Basin. It’s also why we’re extending the consultation period for the Strategic Management Plan by five weeks.”

More information is available on the department’s website for those who want to get involved, or contact the committee at gabsecretariat@agriculture.gov.au.

The Strategic Management Plan has seven principles which cover environment, water security for communities and businesses, water sharing between states and territories, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander access, cultural heritage, and regulatory reform.

Consultation meetings in Qld are planned for Roma – 12 October 2018, Cunnamulla – 17 October 2018 and Stamford – Desert Channels Queensland field day – 31 October 2018