MONITORING: Millmerran's Craig Antonio, with Origin's Andrew Moser with a new ground water monitoring system.
MONITORING: Millmerran's Craig Antonio, with Origin's Andrew Moser with a new ground water monitoring system. Contributed

Grant to boost CSG Net program

A NEW grant for boreholders in the Surat Basin has been launched, allowing private property owners to install new equipment to monitor their groundwater levels.

The grant that was launched Friday April 28, encourages those who access ground water, mostly farmers and graziers, to join the community-based monitoring scheme called CSG Net.

The scheme collects data from the major users of ground water into one central location, so information can be more transparent, and water-level monitoring can be easier.

CSG Net is a Queensland Government initiative and the new grant will be administered by the Queensland Murray-Darling Committee (QMDC).

CEO of QMDC, Geoff Penton, said the grant would fund monitoring equipment for those who cannot afford it, allowing them to play a role in the management of ground water in the region.

"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 generated by these monitors is aimed at assessing the short and long term impact of Coal Seam Gas development on ground water in the region.

"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.

The grant is being funded by Origin Energy, who has placed $300,000 into the project, to offset the costs of installing the new equipment.

Origin Groundwater Manager Andrew Moser, said the grants would cover around 75% of the cost for farmers.

"We're very proud to be supporting this program and truly appreciate the involvement of landowners across the region,” Mr Moser said.

The CSG Net scheme currently has more than 400 members across the Surat Basin.


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