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1.3 Water-dependent asset register for the Clarence-Moreton bioregion

Executive summary

​Rainforest waterfall in Border Ranges National Park, NSW, 2008 Credit: Liese Coulter, CSIRO

The water-dependent asset register for the Clarence-Moreton bioregion 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

In the Clarence-Moreton bioregion the preliminary assessment extent is based on the extent of the Walloon Coal Measures – the primary focus of coal seam gas and coal mining development in the bioregion. The preliminary assessment extent comprises almost the entire Clarence-Moreton bioregion with the primary exception being the Lockyer Valley. In this area the coal seams are very thin and covered by thick basalt, making it unlikely to be of interest for coal resource development.

The preliminary assessment extent for Clarence-Moreton bioregion includes land well away from current coal seam gas and coal mining development. Some of these areas are unlikely to be affected by changes in water flow because they are upstream from any likely future coal seam gas and coal mining development.

Water-dependent assets

Within the Clarence-Moreton bioregion there are 2432 assets identified as water-dependent and included in the water-dependent asset register.

Ecological water-dependent assets

There are more than 1520 ecological water-dependent assets included on the water-dependent asset register for the Clarence-Moreton bioregion. They include:

  • the habitat of 186 threatened or endangered species
  • four globally important habitats for birds
  • 170 wetlands
  • seven threatened ecosystems
  • 157 ecosystems that rely on groundwater.

Economic water-dependent assets

There are 752 economic water-dependent assets included on the water-dependent asset register for the Clarence-Moreton bioregion. Assets include water access rights.

Sociocultural water-dependent assets

There are 160 sociocultural assets identified as water-dependent and included on the water-dependent asset register. This includes:

  • 15 heritage sites
  • 35 Indigenous sites
  • 110 recreational sites.

Separate reports on Indigenous water assets in the Queensland and New South Wales parts of the Clarence-Moreton bioregion are available. These reports include information relevant to this product and contribute to this bioregional assessment.

Last updated:
10 February 2017