Beetaloo GBA region Baseline Survey Program

  • Davis, Jenny (Principal Investigator/Chief Investigator A)
  • Garcia, Erica (Principal Investigator/Chief Investigator A)
  • Andersen, Alan (Principal Investigator/Chief Investigator A)
  • Gillespie, Graema (Principal Investigator/Chief Investigator A)
  • Kennard, Mark (Chief Investigator C)
  • Pintor, Anna (Co Investigator/Chief Investigator B)
  • Ramsey, Roanne (Principal Investigator/Chief Investigator A)

Project: Research

Project Details

Description

The Challenge
The Commonwealth-funded Geological and Bioregional Assessment (GBA) Program aims to assess the potential environmental impacts of shale gas development in the Beetaloo Sub-basin (approximately 500km south of Darwin) to inform regulatory frameworks and appropriate management approaches. A region known as the Beetaloo Ecological Survey Area (BESA) has been defined as the focus area for environmental investigations to be undertaken before gas production can proceed.
What we are doing
The objective of the Beetaloo GBA region Baseline Survey Program is to compile a comprehensive baseline dataset of terrestrial and aquatic biodiversity distribution in the BESA. This dataset will used as baseline information against which assessments of ecological change over time, including those in response to human activities, can be made. The program is a collaborative one involving researchers at the Research Institute for Environment & Livelihoods at Charles Darwin University, Griffith University and the NT Department of Environment and Natural Resources.
How it helps
The program has been developed in consultation with NT Government to ensure that it informs the broader Strategic Regional Environmental and Baseline Assessment (SREBA) as recommended by the Scientific Inquiry into Hydraulic Fracturing in the Northern Territory.
StatusActive
Effective start/end date30/01/2031/12/21