Katherine/Daly and Darwin regions, NT
Australian Government Funding: $845,926
About the project
The project has established a model approach to ensuring that water allocation planning for northern Australian tropical river catchments is based on the best practicable water resource and water use information. To achieve this, the project has:
- Reviewed and modified water metering processes. This involved reviewing metering standards, establishing guidelines for selecting water meters, designing a new scheme for metering of private water use and introducing a new scheme for consistent metering of private rural water use
- Developed comprehensive scientific models of available water resources. This has been achieved by developing monitoring systems that can detect the impacts of land use changes on groundwater and surface water resources.
The project has:
- provided water users, regulators, planners and the community with reliable information about water use
- ensured water is used efficiently
- boosted knowledge and understanding of how surface and groundwater fluctuations impact on high value aquatic ecosystems such as the Daly River region, and
- established a best practice approach that can be applied to other regions in Northern Australia.
The project is now complete and the final report is available below:
- Sustainable Development and Management of Water Resources in Northern Australia: A Model Approach - Final Report (PDF - 1,204 KB) | (Word - 811 KB)
Water Smart Australia projects are funded by the Australian Government's Water for the Future initiative.