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National Water Account 2018

Daly: Water management

  • The Northern Territory Water Act 1992 establishes the framework for managing water resources in the Daly region.
  • The Water Allocation Plan: Tindall Limestone Aquifer (Katherine) defines how water is shared between the various needs in the region.

 

For further information on the region's water management scroll down this page or click on the links below:

 

Surface water and groundwater management

Water legislation

  • The Northern Territory Water Act 1992 establishes the framework for managing and allocating water resources in the Daly region.
  • The Act provides the legal framework for the allocation of water to various declared beneficial uses including agriculture, aquaculture, public water supply, stock and domestic use, and industry, while ensuring that adequate provisions are made to maintain cultural and environmental water requirements.
  • The Department of Environment and Natural Resources assists the Minister with the functions set out in the Act, including proclaiming water management areas and regulating the taking of water from these areas.

 

Water allocation plans

  • The Department of Environment and Natural Resources develops and implements water allocation plans in the Daly region, which set out how the department allocates and licences water in the region to manage the demands of agriculture, public water supply and other consumptive use.
  • The plans recognise the area's significant environmental and cultural values, and ensures that sufficient water is retained to protect aquatic ecosystems and meet cultural needs.

 

Figure R7 Map of water allocation plan areas in the Daly region
Figure R7 Water allocation plan areas in the Daly region

 

 

Environmental water management

  • The Water Allocation Plan: Tindall Limestone Aquifer (Katherine) and the Water Allocation Plan: Oolloo Aquifer (draft) define environmental water provisions for the region.
  • The environmental water provisions ensure sufficient aquifer discharge to maintain dry season flows in the Katherine and Daly rivers. Baseflow in these rivers is critical to protect riparian and riverine ecosystems.
  • Further information regarding environmental water provisions for the 2017–18 year is provided in the Environmental benefit note in 'Supporting information'.

 

Cultural water management

  • The Daly River region is highly significant to the Aboriginal people and their way of life. Many sacred sites have been recorded along the Daly River and its tributaries, and many traditional practices continue to this day.
  • The interests of Aboriginal people in water planning are represented by their participation in water-planning processes, such as the Daly River Management Advisory Committee, and through studies and assessments that are used to inform the development of water plans.
  • The water allocation plans for the Daly region—the Water Allocation Plan: Tindall Limestone Aquifer (Katherine) and the Water Allocation Plan: Oolloo Aquifer—recognise Aboriginal rights and interests in water and provide for Aboriginal interests through measures to limit extraction of groundwater.
  • A more detailed description of the cultural water provisions for the Daly region is provided in Part 3 of each of the water allocation plans.

 

Organisations responsible for water management

  • The Department of Environment and Natural Resources is responsible for planning, allocating and managing water resources and their use under the Water Act 1992, as well as regulating licences to take water from water resources.
  • The Power and Water Corporation is responsible for providing water and sewerage services to the towns of Katherine, Pine Creek, and several remote communities in the region.
  • The Department of Mining and Energy is responsible for administering water use by mines and discharge licences for industry.