Government approval of policy/process development.
That appropriate modelling of the local and regional groundwater system must be undertaken before any production approvals are granted to ensure that there are no unacceptable impacts on groundwater quality and quantity. This modelling should be undertaken as part of a SREBA.
To be completed by end December 2022.
Action item update
The Department of Environment, Parks and Water Security in collaboration with the Commonwealth Government's Geological and Bioregional Assessment of the Beetaloo Sub-basin has commenced modelling of the Cambrian Tindall Limestone aquifers. The groundwater model will be further developed as part of the Water Quality and Quantity studies of the SREBA for the Beetaloo Sub-basin during 2021-22.
The Scope of Work for the water component of the SREBA for the Beetaloo Sub-basin has been drafted, ready for peer review, and DEPWS has retained a panel of independent hydrogeological experts to advise on the required studies, including groundwater modelling.