7.19

Progress

25%

25% Complete.
Government approval of policy/process development.

That the SREBA undertaken for the Beetaloo Sub-basin must take into account groundwater-dependent ecosystems in the Roper River region, including identification and characterisation of aquatic ecosystems, and provide measures to ensure the protection of these ecosystems.

Target completion date

Stage 3.
To be completed by end December 2022.

Reform area
Safeguarding water and the environment
Project action
Collecting baseline data and informing regional management
Lead agency
Department of Environment, Parks and Water Security

Action item update

Implementation progress

The Framework for Strategic Regional and Environmental Baseline Assessment: A guide to undertaking a Strategic Regional and Environmental Baseline Assessment (SREBA) in the Northern Territory was released in July 2020 and can be found here PDF (39.7 MB).

Government has determined a SREBA is required for the Beetaloo sub-Basin.  The region-specific Scopes of Work for various baseline studies will be approved by the Minister for the Environment.

The Scope of Work for the water component of the SREBA has been drafted, peer-reviewed and presented to the Beetaloo Regional Reference Group. The final draft is now undergoing review by the SREBA leadership team before being submitted for approval by the Minister. The aquatic ecosystems Scope of Work is also now ready for approval by the Minister.

This work in the Beetaloo Sub-basin will be undertaken in cooperation with the Commonwealth Government's Geological and Bioregional Assessment program, which has also funded additional ecological studies. Preliminary mapping of regional ecosystems, including groundwater dependent ecosystems (GDEs) is currently underway and it is expected that on-ground work on GDEs will commence during 2021.