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Plan changes for Great Artesian Basin

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Artesian water users are encouraged to have their say on proposed changes to the Great Artesian Basin Groundwater Sources water sharing plan to make it consistent with other inland groundwater plans.

Executive Director of Water Planning Giselle Howard said these amendments would provide more opportunities for bore applications to be assessed according to local conditions.

“These plans are critical legal documents that set out rules for the fair and equitable distribution of water for urban and commercial supply and the environment for a 10-year period.” Ms Howard said.

“While the plan has been in place since 2020, we’re now ironing out and streamlining the approvals process for new bores to provide greater flexibility and bring it in line with other groundwater plans across the state.

“This includes removing distance restrictions for basic landholder rights’ bores in the southern and eastern recharge groundwater sources as this only represents a small volume of water taken. […]

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