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Would you like to be able to monitor the groundwater levels in your bore? The Queensland Murray-Darling Committee (QMDC) has secured funding to provide grants for the installation of monitoring equipment on registered bores in the Surat Basin CSG Net areas. (Tip: There's a map in our Frequently Asked Questions document.)

This is a complementary project that supports the existing Department of Natural Resources and Mines’ (DNRM) CSG Net community groundwater monitoring program. CSG Net is a 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.

Grant recipients will be required to provide to DNRM at least four (4) groundwater level measurements a year for a minimum of three (3) years. Data submitted will be entered onto the Department of Natural Resources and Mines (DNRM) groundwater database. This information will show on your bore report under ‘water level’ details. Bore reports can be publically accessed via the Queensland Globe.

The goal is to ensure the community has access to information and any changes to groundwater levels.

Via the CSG Net grants, you can apply for up to 75% of the cost of preparing and installing the monitoring equipment, which may include lifting and re-installing the pump, installing high pressure airline, appropriate pressure gauges, water level indicator or data loggers. Please read our Frequently Asked Questions sheet or the application form for a more specific list.

We understand the monitoring equipment required will vary according to the bore and pump configuration, including the type of pump that is installed. Please note, to be eligible, you must agree to submit monitoring data on the bore to the DNRM CSG Net project a minimum of four times per year for three years. The preference is for data to be submitted monthly.

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