Grappling with Pressure Loss and Gasification in the GAB

A MARANOA grazier has constructed his own ‘great wall’ in a bid to overcome ongoing issues of gas build-up in his once-reliable Great Artesian Basin bore. An article has been posted about it on the Queensland Country Life website. Read the article by clicking the below link or click here.

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Our letter published in the QCL { 22/3/2018}

The BSA submitted to the State Development, Natural Resources & Agriculture Industry Development Com. re the proposed MWOLA Bill. BSA was then asked to present before a committee hearing , attempting to prevent a reduction in landholder’s existing rights thereby favouring the resource sector. Our letter published in the QCL { 22/3/2018} details some of our concerns.

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Supreme Court backs farmers again in New Acland freeze refusal

The BSA endorses the Land Court’s landmark heroic decision and calls upon the State Govt. to do likewise and support the legal principle of “inter-generational equity “ thereby ensuring continuous sustainable agriculture rather than destructive short term coal mining.” BSA Chairman Lee McNicholl

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Gas-impacted groundwater plan set to stifle future feedlot growth

By James Nason, 22 May 2017
As a premier grain and cattle growing region with access to groundwater from the Great Artesian basin below, it is easy to see how an area of inland Queensland has developed to become the epicentre of Australia’s lot feeding industry. However, it is hard to see how the economically important industry can expand much […]

The GAB is not the “Magic Pudding”!!

Many primary producers rely on water from the Great Artesian Basin (GAB) for their livestock and domestic water supplies. Many residents of Western Queensland towns also rely on water from the GAB for their house and garden supplies. However, the future of this iconic Basin which is one of the world’s largest underground water resources is under threat.

In spite […]

AGM & Landholder Update

Members, non-members and local landholders are invited to join us at our Annual General Meeting and Landholder Update on Friday 28 October, 2-5pm at the Conference Room at the Club Hotel Chinchilla. Download the flyer here>

Want to join the BSA Committee? Download the nomination form here>

Members, you can download a proxy voting form here>



Groundwater in the news

Read George Houen’s Letter to the Editor regarding the Governments mine dewatering amendments here>

Have your say…

The Queensland Government has appointed an independent reviewer to undertake a review of the Qld GasFields Commission.  The GasFields Commission is an independent statutory body established to manage and improve sustainable coexistence between rural landholders, regional communities and the onshore gas industry. The commission was formally established in July 2013, at a time of rapid development of the coal […]

UWIR finally released

The much anticipated consultation draft of the 2016 Surat Underground Water Impact Report (UWIR) was finally released on March 22 by the Office of Groundwater Assessment (OGIA).  Download the report here>

If you are the owner of a bore in the Surat CMA, you can obtain specific information about the predicted impacts at the location of your bore>


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Dalby Public Hearing Unconventional Gas Mining

Landholders and community members have an opportunity to put their views to the Senate Select Committee on Unconventional Gas Mining at their public hearing in Dalby on Wednesday 17 February.