The Strategic Environmental Assessment process, which took three years to complete, was guided by a Special Advisory Committee, which included key government departments and state agencies. In addition, provincial and local government consultations were undertaken to further inform local and provincial authorities. Consultations with other key stakeholders from conservation agencies and representatives from other key sectors (e.g. Civil Aviation, Defence, Heritage Resources) also took place, to share information and obtain inputs and expert advice on specific issues/technical aspects of the Strategic Environmental Assessment.
The Strategic Environmental Assessment assessed the potential impacts that the proposed activities for the construction and operation of the SKA Phase 1 Mid-Frequency Array may have on local agriculture, heritage (including archaeology, palaeontology, cultural heritage and visual/landscape aspects), terrestrial ecology and biodiversity, including; avifauna, aquatic ecosystems, as well as socio-economic aspects.