The NFF thanks Deputy Prime Minister Warren Truss MP and Parliamentary Secretary for Water Senator Simon Birmingham for their commitment to GABSI and their tireless efforts to secure the funds required to continue the initiative.
In tough times for the Federal Government budget, securing these funds for the next three years provides the baseline investment required for the GABSI program to continue to deliver benefits for both the farmers and the environment that rely on a sustainable Great Artesian Basin.
Federal Government funding for GABSI expired at the end of June this year.
Instigated by the Howard Government, GABSI commenced in 1999.
Farmers and States are committed to continuing their co-investment in GABSI, however the Commonwealth Government appears to be dragging its heels.