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1.3 Water-dependent asset register for the Hunter subregion

Executive summary

Google Earth image of the Hunter River west of Muswellbrook

The water-dependent asset register for the Hunter subregion provides 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 November 2015.

Preliminary assessment extent

The preliminary assessment extent for the Hunter subregion coincides with the Hunter subregion boundary because surface water and groundwater flow is contained almost entirely within the subregion and so potential impacts on water resources remain within the subregion.

Water-dependent assets

There are a total of 2207 water-dependent assets in the Hunter subregion preliminary assessment extent.

Ecological water-dependent assets

There are 1651 ecological water-dependent assets in the preliminary assessment extent for the Hunter subregion, including:

  • six nationally-listed threatened or endangered ecosystems
  • seven internationally important bird habitats
  • the habitat of 105 nationally-listed threatened or endangered species
  • 17 nationally important wetlands
  • many groundwater dependent wetlands, springs and rivers.

Economic water-dependent assets

There are 249 economic water-dependent assets in the preliminary assessment extent for the Hunter subregion, including water access licences.

Sociocultural  water-dependent assets

There are 307 sociocultural water-dependent assets in the preliminary assessment extent for the Hunter subregion, including:

  • nine Indigenous sites
  • 23 recreation areas
  • 275 heritage sites

A separate report on Indigenous water assets in New South Wales is available. It includes information that is relevant to this product and contributes to this bioregional assessment.

 

Last updated:
27 March 2017