Water Monitoring Strategy - NSW Coal Basins

The Water Monitoring Strategy for Coal Basins in NSW has been developed to improve our understanding of groundwater behaviour in the NSW coal-bearing geological basins.

The strategy aims to collect groundwater data to identify the potential effects of extractive industries on water resources in NSW coal basins.

As part of the strategy, we are expanding the monitoring network infrastructure to gather more information so we can better map, monitor and manage groundwater. The NSW Government has committed $22.8 million to deliver the strategy, which is due to be completed in 2020. When complete, the data will be made publicly available. Our fact sheet provides more information on the water monitoring network expansion.

Where are we up to?

As the water monitoring network expansion is rolled out across the state we will provide regular updates on this page.

Work has commenced at a number of locations, including:

  • Southern Coalfields (Camden to Moss Vale) - construction began in July 2018 and completed in July 2019.
  • Hunter Coalfields construction commenced in February 2019 and completed in June 2019.
  • Gunnedah and Gloucester Basins – drilling commenced in July 2019 and will run through until April 2020. A fact sheet (PDF 599.1 KB) on the rollout and planned activities has been developed for the Gunnedah Basin.
  • Western Coalfield (North and South) – land access and environmental approvals are completed and the drilling has been tendered. Drilling is expected to run from October 2019 to January 2020.
  • Newcastle Coalfield – sites have been selected and environmental assessments are soon to commence. Drilling will occur in the first half of 2020

More information

  • Contact Rob Brownbill, Project Manager, Department of Planning, Industry and Environment on 0428 688 954.