Water Management

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The Northern Territory Government is committed to the long term sustainable management of its water resources

The Northern Territory Water Act 1992 allows for effective water resource management through the development and implementation of Water Allocation Plans which cover specific regions within designated Water Control Districts. Water Allocation Plans are developed through technical and scientific assessments, and extensive community participation and consultation.

Find out more about:

Water allocation plans that are available for public consultation are listed here in the relevant survey below.

Feedback on the draft Georgina Wiso Water Allocation Plan 2022–2030 has now concluded.

The Northern Territory Government is committed to the long term sustainable management of its water resources

The Northern Territory Water Act 1992 allows for effective water resource management through the development and implementation of Water Allocation Plans which cover specific regions within designated Water Control Districts. Water Allocation Plans are developed through technical and scientific assessments, and extensive community participation and consultation.

Find out more about:

Water allocation plans that are available for public consultation are listed here in the relevant survey below.

Feedback on the draft Georgina Wiso Water Allocation Plan 2022–2030 has now concluded.

  • CLOSED: This survey has concluded.

    The Mataranka water allocation plan area is located within the Daly Roper Beetaloo Water Control District. The plan seeks to manage groundwater associated with the Tindall Limestone Aquifer, which sustains the iconic springs of Elsey National Park, Rainbow and Bitter Springs, dry season flows in the Roper River, a range of cultural, recreational and spiritual values, as well as farming, grazing and tourism businesses.

    This will be the first water allocation plan for this region. It shares a boundary with the Georgina Wiso plan to the south (declared 2023) and the Katherine plan to the north (declared 2019).

    The plan will cover 3 groundwater management zones:

    1. North Mataranka
    2. South Mataranka
    3. Larrimah


    Land and water suitability assessments conducted in parts of the plan area have identified land suitable for irrigated agriculture with access to the Tindall Limestone Aquifer.

    Before you provide feedback please read the:

    1. Background Report - Information about the water resource, its values and use
    2. Water Allocation Plan – Estimated sustainable yield, allocation to beneficial uses, trading water
    3. Implementation Actions – Monitoring and management of the resource

    Key messages have been prepared to summarise the main features of the plan and assist with any question you may have.

    Feedback can be submitted via the online survey or by making an alternative submission.

    Feedback closes on: Monday 3 June 2024

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Page last updated: 04 Jun 2024, 02:25 PM