The SEED (Sharing and Enabling Environmental Data) Portal was established in December 2016 as a central, easy to use resource where people can access, contribute and share environmental data in NSW.
The portal was a NSW Government initiative in response to community requests for reliable and readily available information about the environment in NSW.
Developed in consultation with the community and industry, SEED is an online resource for everyone, including landowners, researchers, local government, industry and special interest groups.
SEED is also one of the recommendations resulting from the NSW Chief Scientist’s 2013 Independent Review of Coal Seam Gas Activities in NSW and addresses the recommendations in the NSW Biodiversity Legislation Review for access to biodiversity information.
Information included in SEED?
SEED is being rolled out in three phases.
Stage 1 will include publicly accessible environmental information, now available in the one central SEED resource, related to water, land and air and currently held by NSW government entities including:
- NSW Resources and Energy
- Department of Planning and Environment
- NSW Office of Environment and Heritage
- NSW Environment Protection Authority
- NSW Department of Primary Industries – Water
- NSW Spatial Services
The portal will also include geospatial representations of data overlaid onto a map of NSW.
Data from research bodies and the resources industry, such as real-time monitoring data and compliance results, will be incorporated at a later stage.
How SEED can help
SEED is designed to cater to a broad range of interests and potential uses, from simple enquiries to independent scientific analysis. Some examples include:
- A farmer in a regional area can obtain objective scientific facts in an easy to understand format, in order to participate in community discussions.
- A land owner can see what resource rights are held over a property and what current and planned activities are occurring nearby, in order to ascertain potential impacts on water, air quality, noise etc.
- A community member with a technical or scientific background can analyse and interpret environmental data and draw their own conclusions.
Community and industry involvement
A cross-section of representatives from organisations with environmental interests in NSW participated in the SEED development, providing advice on why and how the community would like to access environmental data including:
- Agricultural: NSW Farmers, Landcare, Meat & Livestock Australia, Cotton Australia, Dairy Australia, NSW Irrigators Council, Hunter Valley Wine & Tourism Association, Lower Namoi Cotton Growers Association
- Community groups: Lock the Gate Alliance, People for the Plains, Hunter Valley Protection Alliance
- Local councils and Local Land Services: Shellharbour, Bathurst, Narrabri, Central Tablelands
- Aboriginal Land Councils: Narrabri, Wanaruah and NSW Aboriginal Land Councils
- Legal: Environmental Defenders Office
- Resources industry and consultancies: AGL, Santos, EMM Consulting, NSW Mining
- Environmental researchers: The University of NSW, The University of Newcastle, Spatial Data Analysis Network (SPAN) at Charles Sturt University
- Spatial data specialists: Location Intelligence Advisory Committee (LIIAC), Cooperative Research Centre for Spatial Information (CRCSI), Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA)
To access the SEED portal, go to seed.nsw.gov.au
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