Action item 12.8

Progress

75%

75% Complete.
Consultation undertaken on draft policy, guideline, framework, Bill development.

That as part of any strategic SIA and prior to any significant increase in traffic as a result of any onshore shale gas industry, consultation must be undertaken on road use and related infrastructure requirements that results in road upgrades and work schedules to the appropriate Austroad standards and commensurate with the anticipated vehicle type required for any onshore shale gas industry.

Target completion date

Stage 3.
To be completed by June 2022.

Reform area
Respecting community and culture
Project action
Managing social and cultural impacts
Lead agency
Department of Infrastructure, Planning and Logistics

Action item update

Implementation progress

KPMG/GHD/Risc have completed studies on infrastructure and logistical requirements (Analysis of Infrastructure and Logistics Requirements for the Development of an Onshore Oil and Gas Industry in the Northern Territory PDF (3.7 MB)) for the exploration and development stages of onshore oil and gas in the Beetaloo Basin under a range of supply and demand development scenarios.

CSIRO published the final report to GISERA Mapping future transport for improved planning and operation – GISERA (csiro.au) in November 2021.

The studies engaged extensively with key stakeholders to test its assessments and analysis and provide critical feedback.

In late November 2021, the Department of Infrastructure, Planning and Logistics (DIPL) engaged with a targeted stakeholder group of 15 organisations, including petroleum interest holders in the Beetaloo Sub-basin area and peak bodies and industry organisations in mining, gas exploration and pipeline assets.

The purpose was to seek comment on the priority list of immediate to short term (0 – 5 years) road upgrade projects within the Beetaloo Sub-basin (funded under the NT Gas Industry Roads Corridor Investment Strategy), as well as longer term (Over 5 years) priorities.

The Department of Infrastructure, Planning and Logistics reviews all Environment Management Plans for the onshore Gas Industry including review, assessment and road agency approval for any traffic and transport related matters related from each activity, ensuring all proposed activities are in accordance with Austroads and Territory Policy standards.