Advice from Cooper GBA region User Panel members: regional Mayors, representatives from the Wongkumara People Native Title Claim Group and the Mithaka Aboriginal Corporation, land users including AgForce Queensland, Western Rivers Alliance, natural resource management groups, the gas industry, Queensland and South Australian Government representatives and important members of the local community.

Support for field investigations from landholders and Santos, including access to bores, samples from production pipelines and historical data.

The Cooper Stage 3 synthesis and technical products were reviewed by several groups:

Internal Peer Review Group:

  • CSIRO – Olga Barron, Carmel Pollino.
  • Geoscience Australia – Merrie-Ellen Gunning, Steven Lewis, David Robinson, Baskaran Sundaram.

Technical Peer Review Group:

  • Andrew Boulton, Peter McCabe, Catherine Moore and Jenny Stauber.

State Government Science Technical Review:

  • Queensland – Department of Environment and Science, Department of Regional Development, Manufacturing and Water, Department of Resources, Geological Survey of Queensland, Office of the Coordinator-General, Office of Groundwater Impact Assessment.
  • South Australia – Department for Energy and Mining, Department for Environment and Water.


Holland KL, Brandon C, Crosbie RS, Davies PJ, Doble R, Huddlestone-Holmes CR, O’Grady AP, Peeters LJM, Tetreault-Campbell S, Aghbelagh YB, Arjomand E, Bailey AHE, Barry K, Donohue R, Evans TJ, Evenden C, Flett D, Frery E, Gonzalez D, Herr A, Kasperczyk D, Kear J, Kim SSH, King D, Lawrence E, Lawson C, Li LT, MacFarlane C, Mokany K, Mallants D, Martinez C, Martinez J, Marvanek SP, Mateo C, McVicar TR, Merrin LE, Murray J, Northover S, Norton K, Pavey CR, Peljo M, Raiber M, Reese B, Sander R, Stewart SB, Taylor AR, Turnadge C, Vaze J, Woods M and Zhejun P (2021) Impact assessment for the Cooper GBA region. Geological and Bioregional Assessment Program: Stage 3 synthesis. Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment, Bureau of Meteorology, CSIRO and Geoscience Australia, Australia.

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