TRaCK: Tropical Rivers and Coastal Knowledge

Science and knowledge that governments, communities, industries for sustainable use of Australia's tropical rivers and estuaries

Michael O'Donnell

Michael O'Donnell

Michael O'Donnell
Project Leader

Michael led the Indigenous rights to water in northern Australia project during the first phase of research. This project built on international developments in Indigenous water rights, and examined the detail of present law and associated process in northern Australia and the way it deals with native title and other Indigenous interests in water.

In particular, the project investigated (i) the match of State and Territory law to the National Water Initiative in areas affecting Indigenous interests; (ii) obligations under existing law and process in water planning, including the nature of consultation required, treatment of native title etc and; (iii) implications of court decisions such as Blue Mud Bay.

Phase 1 Projects

Outcomes This project sought outcomes to position government and non-Government policy-makers in the understanding of the suitability of existing law and proposals for new law to deal effectively and equitably with Indigenous interests in water in the north Australian situation. The perspective offered complemented other projects on the role of markets and the influence of Indigenous rights and interests on them.