Cooper and Adavale Basins plan to provide jobs and economic boost

Joint media release with Assistant Minister for Children and Families and Regional Tourism and Member for Capricornia Michelle Landry MP

The Coalition Government will deliver two new measures that will provide significant job and economic opportunities through the vast potential of gas reserves in the Cooper and Adavale basins.

In Rockhampton today, Minister for Resources and Water Keith Pitt announced the Cooper and Adavale Basins, spread across north-eastern South Australia and south-western Queensland, as the third basin plan to be delivered under the Gas Fired Recovery announced in the 2020-21 Federal Budget.

Minister Pitt said the Cooper-Adavale region encompasses one of Australia’s premier oil and gas producing regions. 

“The Cooper-Adavale region is a well established gas producing area and has supplied Australian businesses and residents since the 1960s,” Minister Pitt said.

“This plan supports the government’s vision to unlock Australia’s vast gas resources to increase the nation’s gas supply and create major new job opportunities.

“The work will provide fresh insights into this region, and a deeper understanding of the area’s geological history and potential for resource development.”

Minister Pitt said the government will dedicate more than $60 million in two new initiatives to bring new gas to market. 

  • The $30.9 million Data Driven Discoveries, led by Geoscience Australia, will collect and publish new geoscientific data to drive exploration investment to prove up the basin’s resource potential. This activity will mostly focus on the underexplored Adavale basin.
  • The $30 million Optimise and Discover Program, will increase gas supplies and increase competition between gas producers in the Cooper and Adavale basins. It will bring forward the development of a strong and diverse portfolio of oil and gas resources in the basins. 

Member for Capricornia Michelle Landry MP welcomed the news and its potential to deliver new local job and business opportunities.

“We are committed to ensuring that resources developments benefit all Australians particularly regional communities like Central Queensland,” Ms Landry said.

“While domestic energy users and the broader Australian public stand to benefit from projects like this, there is enormous potential for local job and economic opportunities.” 

The Government will work with state and local governments, industry, communities and scientific experts to unlock the potential of the basins, for the benefit of all.

The Government earlier this year released strategic plans for the Beetaloo Basin in the Northern Territory and the North Bowen and Galilee Basin in Queensland.

Media contacts:

Minister Pitt's office 02 6277 7180

Assistant Minister Landry's office 02 6277 4283