UQ Centre for Natural Gas releases Great Artesian Basin research

The University of Queensland Centre for Natural Gas has launched a new web resource all about the Great Artesian Basin (GAB).

The GAB is one of the most iconic and largest groundwater basins in the world. It has been a source of life for Australia’s First Peoples for millennia and vital to the development of regional Australia through its springs and groundwater bores.

This groundwater resource covers nearly a quarter of the continent, but how much do we know about how it really works? There is one thing we know clearly – this is not one single basin, but many connected basins.

To learn more, a group of researchers at The University of Queensland decided to work with colleagues from industry, government, consultants and other research institutions, to integrate the most recent research with existing knowledge, to give the latest science-based picture of the GAB.

To view the latest research findings: https://bit.ly/UQCNG-GAB-Research

Who are the GasFields Commission Queensland?

Established as an independent statutory body in 2013, the Commission’s purpose is to manage and improve the sustainable coexistence of landholders, regional communities and the onshore gas industry in Queensland. The Commission manages sustainable coexistence in petroleum and gas producing regions of Queensland, and will continue to do so as the industry expands into new and emerging basins.

Our vision is to achieve thriving communities in areas of gas development that are free from discord and supported by well-informed, respectful and balanced stakeholder relationships.

One way the Commission is endeavouring to realise this vision is by providing transparency and independent assurances that the onshore gas industry is appropriately regulated and held to account when needed. This in turn will help cultivate sustainable coexistence, whilst ensuring community and landholder confidence in the regulators and gas industry increases.

Drawing on its wealth of experience in the development of the gas industry and by collaborating with other relevant entities, the Commission provides a range of support to communities and landholders, primarily through education and engagement. These education and engagement activities occur with individual landholders via Commission facilitated webinars, information sessions, publications (The Gas Guide, Shared Landscapes Reports), face-to-face meetings and public workshops.

It should be noted that the Commission does not engage in individual negotiations between landholders and gas companies, but rather provides communities and landholders with the information and support they need to make informed decisions and achieve good outcomes.