Land Suitability Publications - Land and Water Program 2014-18

The Department’s Land and Water Program 2014-18 is producing a range of comprehensive soil and land suitability studies to identify options for irrigated agricultural development on Pastoral, Aboriginal and Crown Land in the Territory.  The studies have been undertaken in close collaboration with the Water Resource Division. A similar program (Mapping the Future) will commence on 1 July 2018 and continue for another four years.

Download a Northern Territory Status Map of the Land and Water Program.

Recently completed surveys

Orange Creek

The soil and land suitability assessment investigated 1664 hectares within Orange Creek Station to assist the expansion of a current enterprise in Central Australia. Crop type suitability findings indicate between 71 and 87 ha of land is suitable for irrigated agriculture with only minor limitations. A further 1043 to 1130 ha is considered suitable land with moderate limitations.

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Wadeye

Soil and land suitability assessment for irrigated agriculture in the Nangu Area, south of Wadeye.

The investigation was undertaken with support of traditional owners. The investigation covers an area of 6 010 ha and has identified more than 5 030 ha of versatile land suited to a range of irrigated agricultural cropping options, including native species such as Kakadu Plum. The study was undertaken with an water resource assessment.

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Ti Tree

The investigation was undertaken in parallel with a review of the Ti Tree Water Allocation Plan. The soil and land suitability assessment investigated 13,563 hectares across private and Aboriginal land, and identified more than 10,000 hectares of land suitable for a range of irrigated agricultural crops.

With agriculture already established in the Ti Tree area, this new information will support sustainable development in this central Australian agricultural precinct.

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Gunn Point

The soil and land suitability assessment investigated 7,619 hectares across NT Land Corporation land and a pastoral lease in the Gunn Point area, and identified more than 5,000 hectares of land suitable for a range of irrigated agricultural crops.

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Ali Curung

The soil and land suitability assessment was undertaken in parallel with a review of the Western Davenport water allocation plan. The soil and land suitability assessment investigated 47,610 hectares across pastoral and Indigenous land, and identified more than 43,840 hectares of land suitable for a range of irrigated agricultural crops. With agriculture already established in the Ali Curung area, this new information will support the expansion of this fledging precinct.

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Tennant Creek West

Soil and land suitability assessment for irrigated agriculture in the Tennant Creek West area. The investigation was undertaken in collaboration with pastoral lessees and Traditional Owners - 30 to 65 kilometres west of Tennant Creek.  The project investigated 57,855 hectares with 54,520 hectares found suitable for irrigated agriculture. The study area is situated in the Tennant Creek West Groundwater Prospect.

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Kurnturlpara and Part of Warumungu Aboriginal Land Trusts

Soil and land capability assessment for irrigated agriculture in the Kurnturlpara and Part of Warumungu Aboriginal Land Trusts (Frewena), Barkly Tableland. The investigation was undertaken after interest from Traditional Owners.

Approximately 2,490 ha were considered to have moderate capability, consisting of deep, well drained, sandy or loamy texture soils. The 400 ha area of interest identified by the stakeholder for irrigated agriculture development (adjacent to the Barkly Highway) was found to have approximately 118 ha of land with moderate capability for irrigated agriculture. A concurrent Departmental groundwater investigation across the broader Barkly region, to be finalised in the near future, is likely to identify viable aquifers for irrigation.

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Wildman River

Soil and land suitability assessment for irrigated agriculture in the Wildman River Area. This report identified 8 994ha of land as being potentially suitable for a range of crops. The department has also developed for the first time a crop specific land suitability framework for the Darwin-Tiwi Islands regions as part of this investigation.

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The soil and suitability investigation was undertaken in parallel with a water resource investigation.

Larrimah area

Soil and land suitability assessment for irrigated agriculture in the Larrimah Area. The report identified 22,000ha of land as being potentially suitable for a range of irrigated crops. The department also developed for the first time a crop specific land suitability framework for the Katherine to Daly Waters region.

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The soil and land suitability assessment was undertaken in parallel with a groundwater investigation, which identified 40Gl/y of water available for use.

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North East Bathurst (Tiwi Islands)

Soil and land suitability mapping, ground and surface water investigations and a biodiversity assessment of north east Bathurst Island. The report is supported by the map Summary of the Bio-Physical Resources of North East Bathurst Island.

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Investors are requested to an express interest in Tiwi Islands Developments to the Land Development Corporation.

For more information contact Land Development Corporation on (08) 8944 0909.

View other related publications, spatial data and maps:

Read about Land, soil and vegetation information and go to online maps.

Go to Land, soil and vegetation technical information for more information on soils and vegetation of the NT.

Visit the Northern Territory Library for other reports published by the department.  http://www.territorystories.nt.gov.au/jspui/simple-search Spatial datasets are available for download via   https://nt.gov.au/environment/environment-data-maps/environment-data-requests

Last updated: 21 August 2018