Over $50 million for more reliable water in Northern Territory

The Federal and Northern Territory governments are delivering clean, reliable water to more communities across the Top End.

The Federal and Northern Territory governments are delivering clean, reliable water to more communities across the Top End.

Water is vital for the Territory’s future economic development. First and foremost, it needs to be used in a manner that does not compromise environmental and cultural values.

That’s why the Australian Government is investing an extra $53.1 million in water security projects to provide the Northern Territory with safe, reliable, and sustainable water.

  • In Maningrida, the governments are investing $21 million in three infrastructure upgrades to increase the reliability of the local water supply network. This work will increase water storage capacity by constructing a water tank, new pipes to move water from the storage to the community, and upgrades to the water network.
  • On the Gove Peninsula, both governments are investing $8.9 million. This funding will upgrade a water pipeline in Yirrkala to save water that is currently being lost. This includes a water infrastructure assessment for Gunyangara to identify water infrastructure needs.
  • In Numbulwar, $3.2 million will be invested in planning and investigation work, such as investigative drilling, to identify new water supplies.

These projects are an important next step in the Federal Government’s $150 million investment to ensure remote First Nations communities have access to clean drinking water. This follows the $26.7 million previously announced for Yuendumu and Millingimbi, where work on these projects has also created numerous economic and community benefits, including the ability to build much-needed new housing.

Reliable water is vital for tourism and economic development, too. That’s why, in Yulara, both governments are collectively investing $18.2 million, along with $5 million from Voyages Indigenous Tourism Australia, to construct the Yulara Water Supply project. The project will provide water security for what is the primary service centre for the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park and the wider Ngaanyatjarra Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara regions.

The Federal Government is also investing $1.8 million towards science and research projects to help plan for future water management.

Quotes attributable to the Federal Minister for the Environment and Water, the Hon Tanya Plibersek:

“In a country like Australia, there are things that most of us take for granted. For example, when we turn the tap on at home, safe drinking water comes out.

“But that isn’t the case for more than 25,000 people in remote Australia. These Australians live in places without access to water that meets basic health guidelines. Another 600,000 people live in places without access to water that meets recognised standards—relying on water that’s murky or contains unsafe levels of minerals, heavy metals, and chemicals.

“This is simply not ok. That’s why we’re investing in projects to deliver critical water infrastructure projects in First Nations remote communities.

“There is still much work to be done to Close the Gap on water security, and we cannot do it alone.

“That’s why our government is working closely with our state and territory partners, First Nations organisations, and representatives across the nation to identify, plan and deliver water security projects.”

Quotes attributable to the Northern Territory Minister for Water, the Hon Kate Worden:

“Providing secure and reliable water supply to these regional and remote will improve the quality of life for many Aboriginal Territorians.

“Water is a vital resource for Territorians and is a critical component of the Territory Government’s plan to develop our economy to $40 billion by 2030.

“We can invest in our water infrastructure because Territorians own these assets.

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