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1.3 Water-dependent asset register for the Gippsland Basin bioregion

Executive summary

Lake Victoria, Victoria, 2013  Credit: Hashim Carey, # Photography

The water-dependent asset register for the Gippsland Basin 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 resource development.

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

Preliminary assessment extent

In defining the preliminary assessment extent for the Gippsland Basin bioregion the northern boundary was extended 10 kilometres beyond the bioregion boundary. This extension was required to include all potential impacts due to coal resource developments in the bioregion. The western boundary was based on a hydrological feature, which drains water westwards and away from the Gippsland Basin bioregion. The southern boundary follows the coastline and the eastern boundary follows a geological boundary, beyond which coal resource development is very unlikely.

Water-dependent assets

There are 4644 water-dependent assets in the water-dependent asset register for the Gippsland Basin bioregion.

Ecological water-dependent assets

There are 4139 ecological water-dependent assets in the preliminary assessment extent for the Gippsland Basin bioregion. These include:

  • the habitat of 83 protected species
  • 24 wetlands
  • four threatened ecological communities
  • 31 aquifers
  • four globally important bird habitats.

Economic water-dependent assets

There are 270 economic water-dependent assets in the preliminary assessment extent for the Gippsland Basin bioregion. These include dams and water licences.

Sociocultural water-dependent assets

There are 235 sociocultural water-dependent assets in the preliminary assessment extent for the Gippsland Basin bioregion.

This includes:

  • 132 built heritage sites
  • 11 Indigenous sites
  • 92 recreation areas.

A separate report on Indigenous water assets in the Gippsland Basin bioregion is available. It includes information that is relevant to this product and contributes to the bioregional assessment. 

Last updated:
10 February 2017