A Special Issue of the Proceedings of the Royal Society of Queensland on the Springs of the Great Artesian Basin (GAB) is now available online, published in 2020. This publication captures papers ranging from historic and contemporary narratives, Indigenous perspectives, scientific papers (hydrogeology, hydrochemistry, biodiversity, ecology, threats, management trials, conservation status), and a synthesis of future directions for spring research, management and conservation), in a volume of 19 items.

Editors: Angela H. Arthington, Renee A. Rossini, Steven C. Flook, Sue E. Jackson, Moya Tomlinson, and Craig S. Walton. The Society is grateful to the editors, authors and anonymous reviewers who have worked for two years to bring quality papers to completion for inclusion in this Special Issue.

Springs of the Great Artesian Basin has been produced with sponsorship support from the Australian Government Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment; and financial contributions from the Queensland Department of Natural Resources, Mines and Energy, and Griffith University.

The Society sincerely thanks these departments and Griffith University for supporting the publication of this Special Issue. Their contributions have allowed the Society to publish the papers in open access online, and also to proceed to print publication. The Australian Government’s support also allowed the Society to convene a special session at the Australasian Groundwater Conference held in Brisbane in November 2019.

Individual papers for RSQ Proceedings Volume 126

Author/sKeywordsTitleDate of AcceptanceDate of Publication
Angela H. Arthington et al.Great Artesian Basin, springs, hydrogeology, groundwater-dependent ecosystems, endemic species, cultural history and values, stewardship and governance models, conservation and management frameworks Springs of the Great Artesian Basin – Oases of Life in Australia’s Arid and Semi-arid Interior22.11.202015.12.2020
Bradley J. MoggridgeIndigenous cultural values, Dreamtime stories, rainbow serpent, springs, sustainable management of groundwaterAboriginal People and Groundwater17.7.202015.12.2020
Rien (M.A.) Habermehlartesian springs, Great Artesian Basin, hydrogeology, hydrochemistry, isotope hydrology, spring depositsHydrogeological Overview of Springs in the Great Artesian Basin 1.10.202015.12.2020
Steven C. Flook et al.groundwater-dependent ecosystems, Great Artesian Basin, Surat Basin, spring dynamics, wetland water balance, coal seam gasEvolution of Knowledge on Springs in the Surat and Southern Bowen Basins: Survey, Conceptualisation and Wetland Dynamics27.11.202015.12.2020
Mark Keppel et al.springs, South Australia, hydrochemistry, Great Artesian Basin, Cooper BasinHydrochemistry Highlights Potential Management Issues for Aquifers and Springs in the Lake Blanche and Lake Callabonna Regions, South Australia7.7.202015.12.2020
Jennifer L. Silcock et al.hydrogeology, cultural history, ecology, wetland extent, aquifer drawdown, grazing disturbanceOases at the Gates of Hell: Hydrogeology, Cultural History and Ecology of the Mulligan River Springs21.4.202022.4.2020
Satish C. ChoyGreat Artesian Basin, springs, wetland, shrimp, Caridina thermophila, endemic, endangeredCaridina thermophila, An Enigmatic and Endangered Freshwater Shrimp (Crustacea: Decapoda: Atyidae) in the Great Artesian Basin, Australia25.3.202022.4.2020
Adam Kerezsyendemic species, Dalhousie, Edgbaston and Elizabeth springs, conservation status, state, national and international legislation, threatened species Fishes of Australia’s Great Artesian Basin springs – An overview4.3.202022.4.2020
Adam KerezsyEdgbaston goby, bore drains, endangered species, Edgbaston springs, Great Artesian Basin springsThe Distribution of the Endangered Fish Edgbaston Goby, Chlamydogobius squamigenus, and Recommendations for Management1.3.202022.4.2020
Sara E. Clifford et al.Queensland, Edgbaston, spring, Great Artesian Basin, aquatic invertebrates, pest, invasive speciesDo Cane Toads (Rhinella marina) Impact Desert Spring Ecosystems?25.3.20201.5.2020
Lynn Brakesprings, free-flowing artesian bores, distribution losses, Great Artesian Basin Sustainability Initiative (GABSI), closed delivery systems, future GAB managementDevelopment, Management and Rehabilitation of Water Bores in the Great Artesian Basin, 1878–20209.9.202015.12.2020
Stephen PeckEulo supergroup, Currawinya National Park, management effectiveness, exclusion fencing, qualitative condition class assessment, quantitative biological assessmentEvaluating the Effectiveness of Fencing to Manage Feral Animal Impacts on High Conservation Value Artesian Spring Wetland Communities of Currawinya National Park 24.4.20201.5.2020
Simon Lewis and Jasmin G. PackerGreat Artesian Basin springs, conservation and management, pastoral lands, Phragmites australis, endangered species Decadal Changes in Phragmites australis Performance in Lake Eyre Supergroup Spring Communities Following Stock Exclusion11.4.20201.5.2020
Colin HarrisGreat Artesian Basin springs, South Australia, cultural and environmental importance, conservation initiatives, management issues, involvement of Indigenous peopleFive Decades of Watching Mound Springs in South Australia11.4.20201.5.2020
Renee A. Rossinisprings, invertebrates, endemic species, threats to springs, conservation status, Great Artesian BasinCurrent State and Reassessment of the Threatened Species Status of Invertebrates Endemic to Great Artesian Basin Springs 22.10.202015.12.2020
Revel K. Pointon and Renee A. Rossinienvironmental law, groundwater, groundwater-dependent ecosystems, legal protection, springs, threatened species Legal Mechanisms to Protect Great Artesian Basin Springs: Successes and Shortfalls20.9.202015.12.2020
Simon Lewis and Colin HarrisGreat Artesian Basin springs, risk assessment, conservation and management, pastoral lands, governance frameworkImproving Conservation Outcomes for Great Artesian Basin Springs in South Australia10.4.20201.5.2020
Anne E. Jensen et al. Great Artesian Basin, adaptive management, spring values, threats, evidence-based methodologies, risk assessment, artesian pressure, land-use practicesDevelopment of an Adaptive Management Plan and Template for Sustainable Management of Great Artesian Basin Springs7.7.202015.12.2020
Renee A. Rossini et al.Great Artesian Basin, springs, cultural values, endemic species, groundwater-dependent ecosystems, aquifer drawdown, feral animal disturbance, alien species, governance and stewardship models, conservation and management frameworks, EPBBC Act, 1999 Springs of the Great Artesian Basin – Knowledge Gaps and Future Directions for Research, Management and Conservation22.11.202015.12.2020
Craig S. WaltonObituary for Lynn Brake24.5.202015.12.2020