5 Mar 2020

NSW Great Artesian Basin Water Sharing Plan - Draft Sharing Plan Have Your Say

NSW Great Artesian Basin Water Sharing Plan - Draft Sharing Plan Have Your Say

The current NSW Great Artesian Basin Water Sharing Plan is due to expire on 1 July 2020. The department has prepared a draft replacement plan and is seeking feedback from water users and other interested parties as part of the public exhibition phase.

Water sharing plans are statutory instruments under the Water Management Act 2000, and are in effect for a 10-year period. Water sharing plans prescribe how water is sustainably managed to support economic, social, cultural and environmental outcomes.

The draft plan applies to the groundwater resources of NSW's Great Artesian Basin (GAB), referred to as the:

  • Eastern Recharge Groundwater Source,
  • Southern Recharge Groundwater Source,
  • Surat Groundwater Source,
  • Warrego Groundwater Source, and
  • Central Groundwater Source.

The draft water sharing plan, is open for feedback until: 6th April 2020 (AEDT). IT HAS BEEN EXTENDED THEY HAVE NOT CHANGED THE DATE ON THE PAGE YOU WILL GO TO WHEN YOU CLICK THE HEADING.

These documents are a must read before putting in a submission.

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5 Mar 2020

Cap and Pipe the Bores Program

Cap and Pipe the Bores Program

An Expression of Interest is called for eligible bores to be further assessed and prioritised for capping and piping infrastructure works. The funding is to be directed to improved water security and drought resilience in the Great Artesian Basin.

From July 1, 2019 a new four year program has commenced, aimed at supporting NSW GAB landholders in improving water security and drought resilience. The program is aiming to achieve $26M of investment from NSW and Commonwealth governments.

Landholders with Great Artesian Basin bores that have uncontrolled flow or are failing and were constructed prior to 1965 can apply for efficient piped water supply systems for improved drought resilience and water security. Applications close 27 March 2020.


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3 Mar 2020

CSG concerns raised at Great Artesian Basin water sharing plan consultation in Moree

CSG concerns raised at Great Artesian Basin water sharing plan consultation in Moree
Concern over the potential impacts that the coal seam gas mining industry could have on the Great Artesian Basin was one of the major issues raised by the Moree community during a public consultation on the state government's new water sharing plan.

Representatives from the NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment were in Moree on Monday, March 2 to discuss the key changes to the draft 2020 Great Artesian Basin Water Sharing Plan, which replaces the 2008 plan, and listen to the community's feedback.

With the current plan due to expire in July this year, the new plan has been simplified to make it easier to understand, according to lead planner for the Great Artesian Basin Water Sharing Plan, Kristylee Marr.
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27 Feb 2020

Have your say: Draft Water Sharing Plan for the NSW Great Artesian Basin Groundwater Sources 2020

Have your say:  Draft Water Sharing Plan for the NSW Great Artesian Basin Groundwater Sources 2020

Public exhibition for the draft water sharing plan for the groundwater sources of the NSW Great Artesian Basin has commenced and will conclude on 30 March 2020.

The department has prepared a draft replacement plan and is seeking feedback from water users and other interested parties as part of the public exhibition phase.

The Water Sharing Plan is a regulatory plan under the Water Management Act 2000, and is in effect for a 10-year period. The purpose of the NSW Great Artesian Basin Water Sharing Plan is to set the rules that determine how water is to be shared between the environment and water users.

 

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9 Jun 2019

Scientists warn ancient desert springs may dry up under Adani plan

Scientists warn ancient desert springs may dry up under Adani plan
A group of Australia's pre-eminent water scientists say a rare desert oasis may dry up under Adani's "flawed" protections for groundwater near its proposed Carmichael mine, in a scathing assessment days out from a crucial ruling on the plan.

Queensland's Department of Environment and Science is this week due to decide on Adani's groundwater management plan – one of the last remaining barriers to construction of the coal project.

Former federal environment minister Melissa Price granted approval for the highly contentious groundwater plan days out from the federal election campaign. This came despite CSIRO and Geoscience Australia raising concerns over the energy company's modelling and proposed management.
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