Have your say on the Western Davenport WAP


The Department of Environment, Parks and Water Security (DEPWS) is seeking feedback to inform the review of the Western Davenport Water Allocation Plan (WAP) 2018 to 2021.

The WAP commenced in December 2018 with the four principal objectives being to:

  • Protect the environmental water requirements
  • Maintain public water supply
  • Support Aboriginal cultural values and local Aboriginal economic development
  • Support sustainable use of through regional economic development

The Western Davenport WAP applies to an area of almost 24,500 square kilometres located approximately 150 kilometres south of Tennant Creek in the Northern Territory.

The Western Davenport WAP guides water management in the plan area and a new 10 year WAP is required to continue the management of water resources in the water control district.

DEPWS will prepare a review report at the conclusion of the consultation process that will inform the preparation of the new WAP.

The survey period ends on Friday 29 October 2021.

A draft of the new WAP will be released for public comment early next year.

More information about the Plan and the review process is at https://depws.nt.gov.au/westerndavenportwater

Go to https://haveyoursay.nt.gov.au/westerndavenport to provide input towards the review.

Quotes by DEPWS Water Resources Division Executive Director, Amy Dysart

“Your feedback will help to guide the next water allocation plan.”

“The purpose of the WAP is to ensure that water resources are managed in a way that protects and maintains environmental and cultural values while allowing water to be sustainably used for productive consumptive beneficial uses.

“The new plan will focus on clarifying trade-offs between water for development and protection of groundwater dependent ecosystems to achieve sustainable resource use outcomes.”

Media contact

Department of Environment, Parks and Water Security Media Manager 0476844832

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