1.3 Water-dependent asset register for the Arckaringa subregion

Executive summary

Hookeys waterhole in Neales catchment, SA. November 2009 Credit: ​Dale McNeil (South Australian Research and Development Institute)

The water-dependent asset register for the Arckaringa subregion is a simple and authoritative list of assets within the preliminary assessment extent that are potentially affected by changes in water due to coal seam gas and coal mining development.

This register was extracted from the subregion's asset database in August 2015.

Preliminary assessment extent

The development of the preliminary assessment extent for the Arckaringa subregion was based on the geological Arckaringa Basin boundary, the Great Artesian Basin boundary, and the known coal beds and existing exploration licences in the area. The preliminary assessment extent reaches up to 210 kilometres in most directions from the locations of the coal beds, from just north of the South Australian–Northern Territory border to the northern edge of Lake Gardiner in the south. It also extends from the Simpson Desert Regional Reserve (in the east) across to Maralinga and the eastern edge of the Great Victoria Desert in the west. The preliminary assessment extent includes all the catchments that drain into the western side of Kati Thanda–Lake Eyre (both north and south), including the Macumba River, Neales River and Margaret Creek. It also includes Dalhousie Springs and the entire Lake Eyre supergroup of Great Artesian Basin springs, including those to the east of Marree.

Water-dependent assets

There are 1964 water-dependent assets identified in the preliminary assessment extent for the Arckaringa subregion.

Ecological water-dependent assets

There are 1845 ecological water-dependent assets including:

  • one threatened ecological community
  • the habitat of nine threatened or endangered species
  • three globally important bird habitats
  • four iconic areas protected by national or state legislation.

These ecological water-dependent assets are also considered to be sociocultural water-dependent assets.

Economic water-dependent assets

There are 47 economic water-dependent assets, including rivers and creeks for water supply.

Sociocultural water-dependent assets

There are 72 water-dependent sociocultural assets, including:

  • nine heritage sites
  • 46 Indigenous sites
  • 17 recreation areas.
Last updated:
1 April 2016