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Strategic Indigenous Water Reserve Case Study 2010

Following the launch of  the NAILSMA Indigenous Water Policy Statement in 2010, the Indigenous Water Policy Group (IWPG) reconvened with its Policy Engagement Group (PEG) at its 13th Meeting earlier this year to consider implementation of the Strategic Indigenous Reserve (SIR) in government water plans.

The IWPG aims to deliver SIR case study research in the Northern Territory, Queensland and Western Australia. So far, it has completed case studies in the NT.

William Nikolakis from the Australian National University has delivered Northern Territory case studies in the Oolloo and Mataranka Water Plan Areas. Both these areas have government drafted Water Allocation Plans that are yet to be released by the Minister.

Research is delivered through a participatory approach with communities effected by selected water plans and aims to develop appropriate models to qualify how much water be allocated for a SIR and the rules and conditions for SIR water entitlements. The SIR will be an allocation of water for Indigenous cultural and economic purposes. The outcomes of the research will inform policy development at local and national levels of relevant governments to provide improved social and cultural, ecological, economic and political outcomes for Indigenous communities across north Australia.

Most notably, the research provides a real opportunity for Indigenous people to become informed of government water planning processes and be involved in management decisions about resources to secure their future.

A draft research report has so far been presented to Mataranka Traditional Owner groups at the Mataranka Water Forum and is being considered by NAILSMA and its IWPG SIR Steering Group.

Read more:

NAILSMA Indigenous Water Policy Statement

Indigenous Water Policy Group



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