Groundwater monitoring equipment grant to boost CSG Net program
April 28, 2017
Boreholders in the Surat Basin can now access a new grant to help them buy and install equipment to monitor their groundwater levels.
Queensland Murray-Darling Committee (QMDC) Chief Executive Officer Geoff Penton said the new funding would encourage farmers and graziers to join a community-based groundwater monitoring scheme – CSG Net.
CSG Net is a Queensland Government Department of Natural Resources and Mines (DNRM) initiative and QMDC will administer the new funding program. Origin has provided $300,000 to the scheme to offset the cost of installing monitoring equipment in farmers’ water bores.
CSG Net comprises 14 local groups across the Surat Basin and boasts more than 400 members.
Mr Penton said the additional funding would enable the expansion of the CSG Net data reporting area and provide financial assistance so more farmers can join the scheme.
“Potential groundwater impact is the first question farmers ask when CSG development is proposed on their properties,” Mr Penton said.
“The number of farmers providing regular bore monitoring data has grown steadily since the network was launched in 2014 and we’d like more to join us.
“By joining their local CSG Net group, farmers can play an active role in monitoring and reporting water bore levels and in doing so, make a valuable contribution to our knowledge and management of groundwater,” Mr Penton said.
The data provides valuable information about the short and long-term impact of CSG development on local groundwater levels and is available publicly via the Queensland Government’s CSG Globe and its Water Monitoring Information Portal (WMIP).
Origin Groundwater Manager Andrew Moser says grants to cover up to 75 per cent of bore monitoring preparation and installation costs should encourage more farmers to participate.
“We’re very proud to be supporting this program and truly appreciate the involvement of landowners across the region,” Mr Moser said.
CSG Net groups operate in the Wallumbilla South, Wallumbilla North, Injune East, Injune South-West, Eurombah Creek, Taroom, Wandoan, Noonga, Miles, Chinchilla, Condamine, Millmerran, Acland and Kumbarilla districts.
You can find out more about the grants (including our Frequently Asked Questions and the application form) on our website here.
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