Beetaloo Regional Reference Group - Meeting five Communique

Issued 06 Apr 2022

Date: Tuesday 29 March 2022

Attendees: nominated representatives of Northern Land Council, Sturt Plateau Best Practice Group, Barkly Regional Council, Roper Gulf Council, Katherine Town Council, NT Farmers Association, Department of Environment, Parks and Water Security (DEPWS) staff, and University of Queensland staff.

Apologies: Sunrise Health, Territory Resource Services Association and Territory Natural Resource Management.

Purpose

The Beetaloo Regional Reference Group (BRRG) is a consultative forum for communication with key regional stakeholders based in the Beetaloo for guiding and informing the Strategic Regional Environmental and Baseline Assessment (SREBA) studies within the Beetaloo Region.

Presentations and discussion

The BRRG membership were consulted by the Social, Cultural and Economic team from the University of Queensland (UQ) to assist identify relevant regional indicators for the Beetaloo. Participatory processes were used to assist the members of the BRRG to discuss and identify key components that they considered important to the region and through discussion to put forward indicators considered relevant and important for their communities. This workshop is one of a series of consultations being held in the region.

The UQ team presented the methodology for identifying key indicators, and planning for focus group discussions and conducting surveys in the coming months.

Members discussed a range of socio-economic themes and how they may be affected under development conditions. Key topics discussed were: waste management, road safety and infrastructure, accessibility of healthcare services, telecommunications, workforce availability and capacity, residential land availability, and industry engagement.

Progress and updates

The biophysical teams recommenced field surveys in February and are aiming to conclude in July 2022.

The Environmental Health study will have 4 components: population health, air quality, soils and water quality.