Mining and energy development in South Australia’s far north is set to have significant consequences for the water resources of the region. These sectors generate significant economic value to the State and their support remains a priority for the government. The scale of the planned developments and the potential from current exploration programs facilitated by the South Australian Government through the Plan for Accelerated Exploration (PACE) Program will result in a substantial increase in infrastructure requirements, including access to water resources and Aboriginal lands for exploration and potential mine developments. Increased demand for water and in particular groundwater is compromised by the limited knowledge we have about these resources. This includes information about their character, variability, sustainability and their relationship to environmental and cultural assets, which is most notable in the priority areas for development. There is a recognised need to develop this knowledge so that water is not a limiting factor to development.


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