Bundaberg Groundwater Rescue Feasibility Study

Australian Government Funding: $227,273

About the project

This project funded the development of a feasibility study and preliminary design into a groundwater rescue proposal for Bundaberg. The rescue proposal aimed to reduce the stress on the groundwater system in the coastal parts of Bundaberg by substituting groundwater with surface water.

The project was completed in partnership between the Australian and Queensland Governments and was managed by the Queensland Department of Natural Resources and Mines.

Project benefits

Bundaberg is the home of Bundaberg Rum, and an important sugar, tomato, avocado and melon-producing region. It is also a launching pad for tourists to the Great Barrier Reef. The completion of this project has been a vital first step for the people of Bundaberg to identify a solution to a problem that is common in coastal areas of Australia: how to reduce stress on essential groundwater systems.

The project involved a socio-economic analysis, environmental assessment, identification of cost sharing arrangements and preliminary project design. In line with the principles of the National Water Initiative, the project has helped to determine how to return a currently overused groundwater system at risk of seawater intrusion to a more environmentally sustainable level. The project advances the National Water Initiative objective of returning over used and over allocated systems to sustainability.

Progress

The feasibility study is now complete and the report is available below: