Berry Springs Dolostone Aquifer Public Consultation Open Until 1 July 2016

Berry Springs Dolostone Aquifer Public Consultation Open Until 1 July 2016

Northern Territory Minister for Land Resource Management Gary Higgins

Community Comment Sought For Berry Springs Water Allocation Plan

Victor P Taffa

The Berry Springs Water Allocation Plan has now opened for community consultation to help guide the future planning of this vital resource.

The draft Plan will be used as a framework to guide the sharing of water between human and environmental needs as well as providing the government and community with a transparent set of rules to assist in the sustainable management and monitoring of water with the Berry Springs Dolostone Aquifer.

“It is very pleasing to see this draft plan out now for community consultation.” Minister for Land Resource Management Gary Higgins said.

“I encourage everyone in the Berry Springs area to have a read of this plan and submit your views so we can make sure we receive and take note of all relevant feedback.” Mr. Higgins said.

“The Berry Springs water advisory committee have assisted my department in the drafting of this plan, which once finalised, will be in place for ten years.”

 

NT Minister for Land Resource Management Gary Higgins

NT Minister for Land Resource Management Gary Higgins

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The aim of the plan is to establish a framework to guide the use of water, with the main objectives being:

  • Maintaining sustainable water supplies for consumptive and environmental uses,
  • Improving management of the aquifer,
  • Protecting the environment,
  • Supporting Aboriginal culture and communities,
  • Ensuring regional economic development is sustainable.

Mr. Higgins said the draft plan included management options to help protect existing users and of course to protect our iconic springs. Public Consultation closes on 1 July 2016.