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Mary River : integrated catchment management plan



Mary River : integrated catchment management plan

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Integrated catchment management plan Mary River; [Mary River Wetlands Task Force]


Letts, G. A. (Godfrey Alan), 1928-; Mary River Wetlands Task Force


E-Publications; E-Books; PublicationNT; Report ; 30/1998




Date:1998; Made available via the Publications (Legal Deposit) Act 2004 (NT).




Watershed management -- Northern Territory -- Mary River; Wetlands -- Northern Territory -- Mary River Region; Mary River Watershed; Mary River Region

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Northern Territory Government

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Report ; 30/1998


x, 91 p., [7] p. of plates : maps ; 30 cm.

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Attribution International 4.0 (CC BY 4.0)

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Northern Territory Government



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Technical Report WRD98030 Viewed at 16:07:43 on 29/07/2010 Page 28 of 110. 2. Conflict between the rights of a landholder and their actions impacting on others. For example, competition can occur over resource management options, such as the conflict between sowing para grass for cattle production at the expense of native grasses for wildlife habitat. In this situation the conflict is between the landholder and Government agencies or community groups. Conflict can also result from activities at one location causing unwanted effects at another location, such as stream flow modification limiting barramundi breeding nurseries. This conflict may be between Government and community groups or landholder and special interest groups. 3. Access and/or use of the same resource can generate competition or conflict, such as may occur with tourism operators and recreational anglers over access to public or leasehold land. Current land tenure in the catchment is established (Figure 1). Changes to tenure are possible as a result of changing government needs, and identification of new development opportunities. Decisions on land tenure changes are made by Government after careful consideration of all advice provided by its Departments and other interest groups. The conflict over access or conflict over individual landholder's property plans are more difficult areas to resolve. Discussion and negotiation is the first means of resolution. Should this fail, the legislation is usually examined to determine the rights of the parties involved. In many situations of conflict over particular use or access, adversarial relations between the landholder and the particular government agency or third party grow and thrive. This is not conducive to resolving issues and reaching agreement between all stakeholders on a shared vision and approach to implementing integrated catchment management for the sustainable use of the natural resources. The Response The resolution of any land competition issues ideally requires both a social process for negotiation and the provision of the best available information to the interested parties. The social negotiation process must involve the key stakeholders, a forum for discussion and a common understanding of how decisions are to be reached. In many cases decisions will be reached through negotiated agreements between property owners, enterprise operators and public interest representatives (including government) directed towards agreed goals. The advisory committee set up under the Water Act would act as the forum for discussion and negotiation. The Terms of Reference and the representative profile of the committee are therefore vital in providing the foundation for the process of fair and just resolution of competition and conflict. Any stakeholder with a conflict over land or resource use sees it as important issue requiring negotiation and resolution. The Committee, utilising the expertise of the Mary River Technical Working Group, will examine the matter and provide a recommendation to the relevant Minister and/or the parties involved. The provision of the best available information includes technical information on resources and production commodities together with social information on the range of stakeholder values on these resources and commodities. Further information may be provided through: 16

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