Shaping the future of the GAB


A draft Strategic Management Plan (SMP) for the Great Artesian Basin (GAB) is out for consultation, with the Plan to shape the management of the GAB over the next 15 years. The GAB is one of Australia's greatest natural resources and a life source for outback communities who now have the chance to shape the future of the GAB through the Strategic Management Plan consultation.

The SA Arid Lands Natural Resources Management Board encourages all stakeholders to participate in this process, with the Board coordinating a number of events where more information on the draft SMP will be presented and people have the opportunity to provide input.

To find out about more about the GAB SMP and events email David Leek or phone (08) 8463 7593 mob: 0419 862 973

For enquiries regarding the draft SMP, contact Christopher Biesaga  phone 02 6272 4109, or email the Great Artesian Basin Secretariat.

View more information and draft GAB SMP, submission forms 

Fast facts

• The Great Artesian Basin lies beneath nearly a quarter of the continent with 65 million GL of underground water.
• The Basin supports the generation of nearly $13 billion of wealth for Australia each year.
• The Basin underlies the Lake Eyre Basin and Murray Darling Basin.
• The Strategic Management Plan guides governments, traditional owners and the community to ensure the long term health, sustainability and use of groundwater.