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Australia’s Great Artesian Basin – what will its future be?

Great-Artesian-BasinGreat Artesian Basin future up for discussion at outback forum in Alpha By Ash Moore The future of the Great Artesian Basin will be up for public discussion over the next five weeks.

The Department of Mines and Natural Resources is holding 25 public meetings around the state, starting in Alpha in the central west today.

It will create a new draft 10-year plan for the basin when the current plan expires next year.

The department’s Mark Foreman said anyone who wanted to could have their say.

“It’s something that is vital when you’re developing a plan, talking to the community, finding out what people think,” he said.

“We’ll have different views, conflicting views and the only way we can develop a plan that works and that reflects the needs of the community as well as government policy is by having these sorts of conversations.

“The challenge is to actually work out something that actually meets the needs of both sides of the community – those who are keen for additional development, while also protecting the incredibly diverse and amazing natural ecosystems of the area – as well as those existing water users who rely on the Great Artesian Basin, as you’d appreciate, during this drought time.”

October 9, 2015 - Posted by | AUSTRALIA - NATIONAL, environment

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