Funding opportunity for Great Artesian Basin bore projects

09 June 2021

Round 1 is now open for landholders to apply for funds to cap and pipe bores in the Queensland section of the Great Artesian Basin.

Landholders have until 16 July 2021 to apply for funding to cover up to 90% of costs for on-property rehabilitation works that contribute to Queensland’s Great Artesian Basin water savings.

Eligible projects involve managing water flow by rehabilitating or replacing bores, and replacing open bore drains with pipes, tanks and troughs.

For some of the more complex projects, landholders will have a second chance to apply for funds this year with round 2 opening from 16 August to 19 November 2021.

The funding, provided by the Commonwealth, Queensland Government and private investors, is part of The Great Artesian Basin Rehabilitation Program (GABRP) that supports water saving projects in Queensland’s section of the Great Artesian Basin.

Since 1989, the Queensland Government has invested $80 million in programs to cap and pipe stock and domestic bores. Together with landholders and the Commonwealth Government, the total investment is more than $220 million.

So far, this work has rehabilitated 717 bores, decommissioned 14,600km of bore drains, and each year saved an estimated 213,000mL of water.

Landholders can access further information online or by emailing

Last updated: 09 Jun 2021