Conserving artesian water for future generations

Conserving artesian water for future generations Conference Paper

16th Australian Rangeland Society Biennial Conference

  • Author(s): Higgins, V., Cheal, S.
  • Published: 2010
  • Publisher: Australian Rangeland Society

Abstract: The Great Artesian Basin (GAB) is one of Australia’s most significant national assets and it underlies 22 per cent of Australia. Much of the GAB underlies the rangelands of NSW, Queensland, South Australia and the Northern Territory. It is often the only reliable water source available to these areas, especially during the drought years. In the past 100 years it is estimated about 50 million megalitres has been extracted from the basin, mostly through free flowing bores. The Australian Government is investing close to $140 million over fifteen years (1999-2014) through the Great Artesian Basin Sustainability Initiative (GABSI) to accelerate work on the repair of these often very old uncontrolled artesian bores and the replacement of open bore drains with piped water reticulation systems, thereby reducing the wastage of water.

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Higgins, V., Cheal, S., 2010, Conserving artesian water for future generations, Conference Paper, viewed 17 August 2022,

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