The Federal Government has extended the consultation period on the management of the Great Artesian Basin, with public meetings and submissions now open until 9 November.
Federal Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources David Littleproud announced the changes following community meetings in NSW, SA and the NT.
"The Great Artesian Basin is the most important resource in the outback," Minister Littleproud said.
"Its water supports more than 180,000 people, 7,600 businesses and $13 billion in economic activity.
"The drought makes it even more important we get management of the Great Artesian Basin right.
"That's why we're investing an extra $36.9 million over six years to increase water security in the Basin.
"It's also why we're extending the consultation period for the Strategic Management Plan by five weeks.
"The feedback we've had so far shows clear support for this plan. The extension will let us gather important feedback across Queensland. This is a chance for rural communities to guarantee water for generations to come and I encourage everyone in the basin to have their say."
Consultation meetings in Qld are planned for
Brisbane – 5 October 2018
Roma – 12 October 2018
Cunnamulla – 17 October 2018
Stamford - Desert Channels Queensland field day – 31 October 2018