Why we need this 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.

What is needed is a concerted effort by key industry, Indigenous, government, community and research organisations over a 7-10-year timeframe to:

  • Bridge the gap between Indigenous water values and aspirations and how water is managed in Indigenous communities (® WiNA Program 1)
  • De-risk community and industry water supplies (® WiNA Program 2)
  • Achieve better health outcomes through new water system technologies and other innovations (® WiNA Program 3)
  • Design affordable low-maintenance waste-water systems appropriate for the north and other arid and tropical locations (® WiNA Program 4)
  • Enhance knowledge and solution sharing among water service providers, users, scientists and managers working in similar contexts (® WiNA Program 5).

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