Andrew Forrest plans for the sea beneath our feet

Water is a key constraint and any new ways to do solve that will be beneficial. Great ambition.

He is convinced 5000 giga­litres of water a year — equivalent to 10 Sydney Harbours of fresh water — could be taken from underground aquifers replenished each year by tropical rain, without any adverse environmental impact.

Think underground water, not just dams; it will take serious investment but by harnessing the huge potential of northern Australia and its underground water on a major scale we could bring (irrigation) water to places like the massive, dry Canning Basin of WA, where there is now none,” Mr Forrest said. This water gets topped up every year naturally (by rain); it’s like the inland sea our explorers searched for, but it was not in front of them, but beneath their feet.”


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