Action item 7.19
Consultation undertaken on draft policy, guideline, framework, Bill 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.
To be completed by end December 2022.
Action item update
The Strategic Regional and Environmental Baseline Assessment (SREBA) Framework was released in July 2020.
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.
This work in the Beetaloo Sub-basin is being undertaken in cooperation with the Commonwealth Government's GBA program, which has also funded additional ecological studies. Mapping of regional ecosystems, including groundwater dependent ecosystems (GDEs) is underway and on-ground work on GDEs was undertaken during 2021 to continue through 2022.