Soil and land capability
An important component of the Implementing Bonaparte Plains project was to undertake investigative drilling and to install monitoring and test-pumping bores to help determine the potential for groundwater supply and development risks in the area.
To do this, we initially undertook a desktop review and field reconnaissance of existing bores, mineral exploration drilling, outcrop geology and groundwater outcrop within the area in early 2013. We discovered that the available information for Cockatoo Sands area was not at a suitable scale.
We are conducting detailed agricultural land and water resource assessments – using airborne geophysics, soil and water analyses and groundwater investigations to assess the aquifers – to inform decisions on developing irrigated agriculture on the Bonaparte Plains.