|Title||Law, policy and practice: considerations for water planning in Northern Australia, Riversymposium Conference, Brisbane 2009|
|Year of Publication||2009|
Effective water planning helps governments and communities allocate and sustainably manage water resources to meet their current and future water requirements. The National Water Initiative 2004 stresses that water planning is a key mechanism to deliver its objectives of the NWI which include providing for sustainable use of water, increasing the security of water access entitlements and ensuring the economically efficient use of water. 'Collaboration' meaning 'actively working together' is an important part of an effective water resource planning process. Our research identifies community expectations of water planning processes, factors that support or hinder collaboration in water planning, and eight major areas which need to be addressed to improve collaboration in water planning processes particularly in Northern Australia. In doing so we confirm that many of the challenges already identified by others exist in Northern Australia and that some of these challenges are exacerbated by lack of capacity in both the community and agencies. In addition water planning processes tend to underestimate the remoteness and scale of the region. Currently planning systems do not adequately anticipate conflict, thus do not adequately provide for dispute resolution systems.
Law, policy and practice: considerations for water planning in Northern Australia, Riversymposium Conference, Brisbane 2009