Government approval of policy/process development.
That a comprehensive assessment of the cultural impacts of any onshore shale gas industry must be completed prior to the grant of any production approvals. The cultural assessment must:
- be designed in consultation with Land Councils and AAPA;
- engage traditional Aboriginal owners, native title holders and the affected Aboriginal communities, and be conducted in accordance with world-leading practice; and
- be resourced by the gas industry.
To be completed by end December 2021.
Action item update
A Strategic Regional Environmental and Baseline Assessment (SREBA) Framework has been developed. The consultation draft was available for public comment from 9 December 2019 to 28 February 2020. This framework includes the requirement to undertake a cultural impact assessment of areas that require a SREBA and can be found here .
The Cultural Impact Assessment requires consultation with land councils, AAPA and affected Aboriginal people and will be undertaken as part of the social, cultural and economic studies and Strategic Regional Assessment in the Beetaloo Sub-Basin.
The social, cultural and economic components of the SREBA studies have been contracted to Circle Advisory. These studies are underway, with the scope of works being developed from September 2020, with and expected completion expected in December 2020. The scope of works requires approval from the Minister for Environment. The studies are expected to formally commence in early 2021, once approved by the Minister.