Great Artesian Basin Strategic Management Plan
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The Strategic Management Plan Review 2015
A review of the Strategic Management Plan, Future Directions for the Management of the Great Artesian Basin, was completed in August 2015. The review was conducted in consultation with state and territory governments and the Great Artesian Basin Coordinating Committee. It highlights a range of achievements in basin management over the past 15 years and identifies both ongoing and new emerging issues for the Great Artesian Basin.
The Committee’s Future Directions for the Management of the Great Artesian Basin will inform the development of the new Strategic Management Plan.
The Strategic Management Plan (2000–2015)
The Strategic Management Plan, endorsed by the Australian, New South Wales, South Australian, Queensland and Northern Territory governments in 2000, is a 15-year strategic framework for responsible groundwater and related natural resource management in the Great Artesian Basin. It guides governments, water users and other stakeholders on policies, programs and actions necessary to attain optimum economic, environmental and social benefits from the existence and use of Great Artesian Basin groundwater resources.
The plan was reviewed in 2007 by the Great Artesian Basin Coordinating Committee as significant changes had occurred in technical, social and political contexts relevant to the management of the Great Artesian Basin. The review looked at the achievements of the plan to date and developed a complementary document that refined the focus for the plan, from 2008 to 2015, to support new development, continue bore rehabilitation, reform water management policy and industry policy, and continue state and territory government water planning improvements. These 2 documents were endorsed by jurisdictions.
- Great Artesian Basin Strategic Management Plan: Progress and Achievements to 2008—a retrospective analysis capturing progress and achievements to 2008 and changes in context which have taken place since 2000 and their implications for Great Artesian Basin management; and
- Great Artesian Basin Strategic Management Plan: Focus and Prospects 2008-2015—defining a sharper focus for implementing the Strategic Management Plan during the period 2008–2015, and in particular those elements most affected by changes which have taken place since 2000.