Review of existing cultural and social initiatives, and key groups and organisations across northern Australia associated with water – Final Report
Cathy Robinson, Sue Jackson, Anna Straton, Rachel Eberhard,
Tabatha Wallington, Peta Dzidic, Jeff Camkin and Erin Bohensky
CSIRO - Water for a Healthy Country for
Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts, August 2009
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The Commonwealth Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts in consultation with the National Water Commission, has commissioned CSIRO to review projects, research initiatives and water planning processes relevant to cultural values, beliefs and practices, including those that relate to social and economic issues, associated with water across northern Australia. A register of key Indigenous and non-Indigenous groups and organisations across northern Australia with an interest in water is also provided. In this context, Northern Australia covers the Timor Sea and Gulf of Carpentaria drainage divisions and that part of the north-east coast drainage division that lies north of Cairns.
This report responds to the aim of the Northern Australia Water Futures Assessment (NAWFA) Cultural and Social Program which was established to understand the socio-cultural values, beliefs and practices associated with water and how they maybe affected by changes in water availability. This review adds to the broader information base that is currently being used in order to inform development and protection of northern Australia's water sources, so that development proceeds in an ecologically, cultural and economically sustainable manner.