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1.3 Water-dependent asset register for the Namoi subregion

Executive summary

Gulligal Lagoon, which is located about halfway between Gunnedah and Boggabri on the western side of the Namoi River, NSW, 2005 Credit: Courtesy of Neal Foster

The water-dependent asset register for the Namoi 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 January 2015.

Preliminary assessment extent

The preliminary assessment extent of the Namoi subregion is defined by the Namoi river basin, except in the east where it extends to the Hunter-Mooki Thrust fault. This additional area has been included in the preliminary assessment extent to make sure any potential impact from coal seam gas or coal mining development is considered as part of the bioregional assessment.

In the lower Namoi river basin, the impact of coal seam gas and coal mining development could extend across the Namoi alluvium into the Gwydir subregion. This area has been included in the Namoi preliminary assessment extent, again to make sure any potential impact from coal seam gas or coal mining development is considered.

Water-dependent assets

There are 1882 assets in the Namoi subregion identified as water-dependent and included in the water-dependent asset register.

Ecological water-dependent assets

There are 1684 water-dependent ecological assets in the Namoi preliminary assessment extent. They include:

  • the habitat of 18 threatened or endangered species
  • two globally-important areas for birds
  • 43 protected areas
  • four threatened ecological communities
  • many rivers, springs and wetlands.

Economic water-dependent assets

There are 168 economic water-dependent assets in the Namoi preliminary assessment extent. This includes water access licences.

Sociocultural water-dependent assets

There are 30 sociocultural assets considered to be water-dependent in the Namoi preliminary assessment extent, including 22 heritage sites and eight Indigenous 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