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The Hon Dr Mike Kelly AM MP
Parliamentary Secretary for Water

Water availability in Northern Australia

Media release
21 September 2009
MK 10/2009

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The Parliamentary Secretary for Water, Dr Mike Kelly, today welcomed the release of the CSIRO Northern Australia Sustainable Yields study, saying it would be a valuable resource to inform decisions about the conservation and development of northern Australia's water resources.

In March 2008, the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) agreed to extend the CSIRO work on sustainable yields and water availability that had been completed in the catchments of the Murray-Darling Basin to catchments of northern Australia, south-west Western Australia and Tasmania.

"From Broome in Western Australia to Cairns in Queensland, the Northern Australia Sustainable Yields (NASY) reports provide important information on current and likely future water availability in northern Australia.

"The NASY project, which was funded under the National Water Commission's Raising National Water Standards program, complements programs for water investigation, analysis and management being undertaken by state and territory governments, so that the results can be used in regional and statutory water management plans.

"The report is part of the Australian Governments' Northern Australia Water Futures Assessment (NAWFA), a five-year program to develop an enduring knowledge base to inform decisions about conservation and development of northern Australia's water resources, so that any development proceeds in an ecologically, culturally and economically sustainable manner."

The main findings from the Water in Northern Australia report are that:

The Water in Northern Australia sustainable yields reports and can be found at:
http://www.environment.gov.au/water/policy-programs/sustainable-yields/index.html

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