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Water allocations to be open, transparent and sustainable under a Labor Government



Water allocations to be open, transparent and sustainable under a Labor Government


McCarthy, Gerald; Vowles, Ken

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Australian Labor Party


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Water supply; Policy

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Northern Territory Opposition

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Northern Territory Opposition - Australian Labor Party

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Sustainable Water Use | 5 Commitments A Territory Labor Government will: Be guided by science when approving water allocations, including a return to the 80/20 rule for environmental/extractive allocations; Invest in more research, information and water modelling; Return to the consultative approach to water planning water advisory committees, open water planning process, listening to stakeholders; Ensure water requirements for mining are formally incorporated in the consumptive pool for water allocation plans rather than the current approach which sees these uses sit outside of the system with risks of over allocation; Ensure that mining and petroleum operations will be subject to the Water Act, this means they are dealt with like all other uses and must apply for a water licence; Install a water for purpose principle within the allocation and licensing provisions to stop over claiming of water for profit only Reinstate Strategic Indigenous Reserves and ensure specific consultative structures are in place to guarantee Indigenous Territorians a real say in water allocation that affects their interests; Establish an Indigenous Water Unit within Government to oversee these processes and to also capitalise on the economic opportunities sustainable water use presents for Indigenous Territorians; Make all water decisions accessible under a new public portal; and Conduct an independent review, at arms length from government, of all water licenses granted since August 2012 to see that proper process was followed and also conduct an independent scientific review of all water modelling for allocation plans.