Why we need a Water in Northern Australia CRC

Water related issues such as water shortages, deteriorating water quality and increasing water-borne pathogens are being experienced across northern Australia and beyond. This is:

  • stifling new development and threatening existing investments
  • limiting the provision of potable water which in turn limits the provision of essential services such as housing
  • negatively affecting human health and community capacity.

Many of these issues have been caused by a limited understanding of water sources, risks and system constraints, and are being exacerbated by changing climatic patterns and a lack of cross agency and cross-cultural coordination. Minimal investigation of alternative pathways and technologies to secure and manage water is adding to the problem.

We need a concerted effort by key industry, Indigenous, government, community and research organisations over a 10-year timeframe to:

  • Bridge the gap between Indigenous water values and aspirations and how water is managed in Indigenous communities
  • De-risk community and industry water supplies
  • Achieve better health outcomes through new water system technologies and other innovations
  • Design affordable low-maintenance waste-water systems appropriate for the north and other arid and tropical locations
  • Enhance knowledge and solution sharing among water service providers, users, scientists and managers working in similar contexts.

Together these programs will facilitate the quantum change needed to manage water for sustainable development, health and Closing the Gap outcomes across the north and beyond.

We invite you to join a committed and expanding group of industry and research partners to secure a successful bid outcome – water is everyone’s business.