NT Strategic Water Plan - Directions Paper

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Northern Territory Strategic Water Plan - Directions Paper

The Northern Territory Government is committed to delivering water security for all Territorians and the development of the NT Strategic Water Plan. The plan will set the agenda on water management through to 2050 and address water security in the Territory. The plan will be based on evidence, good regulatory practice, and community values and aspirations.

The Office of Water Security was established to develop the plan and consult with key stakeholders.

More information about the Northern Territory Government’s actions on water security is available at watersecurity.nt.gov.au

Directions Paper

A directions paper has been developed to provide Territorians and key stakeholders an opportunity to have their say on the development of the Northern Territory Strategic Water Plan.

The paper sets out 10 proposed directions for water security in the Territory:

  1. Water governance is contemporary and coordinated.
  2. Drinking water is safe.
  3. Water use is efficient and productive.
  4. Water supports jobs and economic growth.
  5. Cities, towns and communities use the whole water cycle.
  6. Aboriginal connections to water are valued.
  7. Water-dependent environmental values are protected.
  8. Water science, knowledge, skills and innovation are enhanced.
  9. Territorians are engaged in water stewardship.
  10. Water resources management can adapt to change.

Each direction is explained in the paper and is accompanied by a set of proposed pathways that address short and long-term priorities to achieve water security for the Territory.

Northern Territory Strategic Water Plan - Directions Paper

The Northern Territory Government is committed to delivering water security for all Territorians and the development of the NT Strategic Water Plan. The plan will set the agenda on water management through to 2050 and address water security in the Territory. The plan will be based on evidence, good regulatory practice, and community values and aspirations.

The Office of Water Security was established to develop the plan and consult with key stakeholders.

More information about the Northern Territory Government’s actions on water security is available at watersecurity.nt.gov.au

Directions Paper

A directions paper has been developed to provide Territorians and key stakeholders an opportunity to have their say on the development of the Northern Territory Strategic Water Plan.

The paper sets out 10 proposed directions for water security in the Territory:

  1. Water governance is contemporary and coordinated.
  2. Drinking water is safe.
  3. Water use is efficient and productive.
  4. Water supports jobs and economic growth.
  5. Cities, towns and communities use the whole water cycle.
  6. Aboriginal connections to water are valued.
  7. Water-dependent environmental values are protected.
  8. Water science, knowledge, skills and innovation are enhanced.
  9. Territorians are engaged in water stewardship.
  10. Water resources management can adapt to change.

Each direction is explained in the paper and is accompanied by a set of proposed pathways that address short and long-term priorities to achieve water security for the Territory.

  • All Territorians are encouraged to download and read the directions paper. The Office of Water Security invites feedback on each direction. 

    This feedback will be used to inform the Norther Territory Strategic Water Plan. You can provide feedback:

    • via the survey below
    • through a written submission on the directions paper by email to watersecurity.ntg@nt.gov.au

    Responses will remain anonymous, but we may publish quotes from your feedback. The Office of Water Security will also be engaging with key stakeholders and the general public through to the end of 2021. 

    Feedback on the directions paper closes on Friday 4 February 2022.

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