This bioregional assessment helps us understand how coal seam gas and coal mining development could affect water resources and water-dependent assets in the Northern Inland Catchments bioregion. It identifies where potential impacts could occur, as well as the areas that are unlikely to be affected.
About the bioregion
The Northern Inland Catchments bioregion is located west of the Great Dividing Range in eastern Australia and includes parts of the northern Murray–Darling Basin in northern New South Wales and southern Queensland. The Northern Inland Catchments bioregion adjoins the Clarence-Moreton bioregion in the north-east, and the Northern Sydney Basin bioregion in the south. The bioregion was selected for assessment because of the likely coal seam gas and coal mining development and the potential for water dependent impacts on the environment and other water-using industries such as agriculture.
The Northern Inland Catchments bioregion includes four subregions: the Maranoa-Balonne-Condamine, Gwydir, Namoi and Central West subregions.
The subregion boundaries follow river basin boundaries, but only include areas that have the types of rocks known to contain coal and coal seam gas. Some water resources outside the Northern Inland Catchments bioregion that may potentially be impacted as a result of coal and coal seam gas development in the Northern Inland Catchments bioregion will also be considered in the assessment.
- Bioregional Assessment Program
- Lake Eyre Basin bioregion
- Northern Inland Catchments bioregion
- Clarence-Moreton bioregion
- Northern Sydney Basin bioregion
- Sydney Basin bioregion
- Gippsland Basin bioregion
- Indigenous assets
- Bioregional assessment methodology
- Compiling water-dependent assets
- Assigning receptors to water-dependent assets
- Developing a coal resource development pathway
- Developing the conceptual model of causal pathways
- Surface water modelling
- Groundwater modelling
- Receptor impact modelling
- Propagating uncertainty through models
- Impacts and risks
- Systematic analysis of water-related hazards associated with coal resource development
- Assessment components
- Component 1: Contextual information
- Component 2: Model-data analysis
- Components 3 and 4: Impact and risk analysis
- Component 5: Outcome synthesis
- Metadata and datasets
- Geological and Bioregional Assessment Program