​Media Release

Shaping the future of the Great Artesian Basin

27 July 2018

  • Consultation begins on draft Strategic Management Plan for the Great Artesian Basin
  • Plan built by Commonwealth, state and territory governments
  • Great Artesian Basin is one of Australia's greatest natural resources

Outback communities have been given a chance to shape their future of the Great Artesian Basin, with consultation now open on the Strategic Management Plan.

Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources David Littleproud said it was important everyone in the Basin had a say.

"If this resource is managed well then outback communities across three states and the Northern Territory will thrive," Minister Littleproud said.

"Local input is key to getting it right.

"The Great Artesian Basin gives life to communities, farms, industry and the environment.

"It's also a vital water source during drought.

"That's why we've worked with states and territories in consultation with Great Artesian Basin Consultative Committee to draft this plan.

"It outlines how communities, traditional owners and governments in the Basin can best use the resource while maintaining their standard of living.

"The plan has seven principles with values and objectives to help improve in the Basin over the next 15 years."

Meetings will be held across the Basin to engage with communities on issues raised by the draft plan.

To take part in consultations, visit agriculture.gov.au/water/national/great-artesian-basin or contact the committee at gabsecretariat@agriculture.gov.au.

​Fast facts

  • The Great Artesian Basin lies beneath nearly a quarter of the continent with 65 million GL of underground water.
  • The Basin supports the generation of nearly $13 billion of wealth for Australia each year.
  • The Basin underlies the Lake Eyre Basin and Murray Darling Basin.
  • The Strategic Management Plan guides governments, traditional owners and the community to ensure the long term health, sustainability and use of groundwater.​