Environment Minister Tony Burke
Environment Minister Tony Burke Karleila Thomsen

Assessment will help efforts to manage Great Artesian Basin

THE complex nature of the Great Artesian Basin and its water resources has been uncovered as part of a extensive national report on the basin, released on Wednesday.

While much past research has looked at the basin, in particular, for capping bores and other initiatives, the Great Artesian Basin Water Resource Assessment will help future efforts to manage the basin sustainably.

The report was also released alongside a document on the Allocating Water and Maintaining Springs in the GAB research project.

Federal Water Minister Tony Burke said the projects provided a robust assessment of the extent and nature of the basin's water resources and the operation of the artesian springs.

"Since 1980 the Great Artesian Basin has generally been thought of as a large, connected groundwater flow system.

We now know that the structure of the Basin is far more complex," he said.

"It can take many thousands, if not tens of thousands, of years for water to travel from its recharge areas in Queensland to discharge areas such as the mound springs in South Australia

"The value of this assessment is that we now more fully understand how complex these flow paths are and we can use that knowledge to better manage these resources,'' Mr Burke said.

The technical report will provide an important resource for governments, local councils, and industries operating within the basin footprint.

For more information the report, visit the CSIRO website.

For more information about the research projects, visit the National Water Commission website

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