Water is one of the most important substances on Earth.
It’s a limited resource that’s critical for both agriculture and the gas industry.
That’s why groundwater is so extensively researched and monitored in Queensland and why groundwater take is so carefully regulated.
The downside of all that regulation is that the process can often be confusing, convoluted and mysterious to anyone trying to navigate it.
The Commission’s most recent challenge has been clarifying the government’s groundwater regulatory framework.
And what a complex process it can be.
Before any gas development occurs, gas companies are required to work closely with surrounding bore owners and conduct a baseline assessment of bore capacity.
Groundwater modelling then identifies which water bores are likely to be impacted by gas development and what those impacts are likely to be.
That starts another process of assessment, reporting and negotiation to determine what make good measures are required, if any at all.
Our Spring Newsletter is all about simplifying the make good process and highlighting some of the tools we've developed to help people through it.
Our collection of flow charts, checklists, decision tools and best practice recommendations were developed with wide stakeholder consultation to clearly identify the main misunderstandings and current practices.
The end results have been fact checked with government policy makers and are being made available through our regular face-to-face engagement activities.