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  • Gasfields Commission
  • 2020-03-20

New release: Make good agreement templates

The GasFields Commission has developed and released standardised make good agreement templates for use by water bore owners and industry.

The MGA templates are the result of more than a year of consultation and development with relevant stakeholders.

The templates are intended to be used as a starting point for negotiations between a tenure holder and a bore owner and create common ground to help the two parties reach an agreement.

The templates cover the four common types of make good measures – no make measures, monitoring, compensation and new bores.

A responsible tenure holder is required to carry out a bore assessment to determine if a water bore has, or is likely to have, an "impaired capacity" as a result of gas development.

A make good agreement is then required for all water bores that have undergone that bore assessment, even if there is no requirement for a make good measure.

The agreed make good measures include any of three key outcomes:

·        ensure the bore owner has access to a reasonable quantity and quality of water for the bore’s authorised use or purpose, including, for example, bore works such as lowering the pump or deepening the bore, or installing a new bore;

·        carry out a plan to monitor the bore, including, for example, triggers for undertaking further bore assessments;

·        give the bore owner monetary or non-monetary compensation for the bore's impaired capacity.

The templates come with detailed guidance notes and a make good decision table that should be taken into careful consideration before entering into a make good agreement.

The MGA templates are available for download here.