Land, soil and vegetation publications

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Ali Curung

Soil and land suitability assessment for irrigated agriculture in the Ali Curung area.

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources has produced a comprehensive report which provides scientific information needed to underpin future regional agricultural and investment decisions. 

The investigation was undertaken in parallel with a review of the Western Davenport water allocation plan. The soil and land suitability assessment iinvestigated 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.

Soil and Land Suitability Assessment for Irrigated Agriculture in the Ali Curung Area, Western Davenport District

Tennant Creek West

Soil and land suitability assessment for irrigated agriculture in the Tennant Creek West area.

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources has produced a comprehensive report which provides scientific information needed to underpin potential agricultural and investment decisions in the Tennant Creek 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.

Soil and Land Suitability Assessment for Irrigated Agriculture in the Tennant Creek West Area

Kurnturlpara and Part of Warumungu Aboriginal Land Trusts

Capability  assessment for irrigated agriculture in the Kurnturlpara and Part of Warumungu  (Frewena)  Area.

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 region, to be finalised in the near future, is likely to identify viable aquifers for irrigation.

Soil and Land Capability Assessment for Irrigated Agriculture on Kurnturlpara and Part of Warumungu Aboriginal Land Trusts (11.9 mb)

Wildman River

Suitability assessment for irrigated agriculture in the Wildman River  Area.

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources has produced a comprehensive report which provide scientific information needed to underpin future agricultural and investment decisions in different areas: 

Soil and Land Suitability Assessment for Irrigated Agriculture in the Wildman River area (9.5 mb)

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.This report have identified 8 994ha of land as being potentially suitable for a range of crops. A ground and surface water investigation is currently being undertake to compliment the findings of the land suitability report. 

Download a map of the area using NR Maps, using the Map Products layer.  

Spatial datasets are available upon request, go to the Northern Territory Government website to request data on these reports.

For more information contact Jason Hill on (08)  8999 4443.

Larrimah area

Suitability assessment for irrigated agriculture in the Larrimah Area, Groundwater Assessment - North Mataranka to Daly Waters

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources has produced two comprehensive reports which provide scientific information needed to underpin future agricultural and investment decisions in the Katherine region: 

The department has also developed for the first time a crop specific land suitability framework for the Katherine to Daly Waters regions as part of this investigation.

These reports have identified 22,000ha of land as being potentially suitable for a range of irrigated crops, while 40Gl/y of water could be available for use. The 22,000ha is on a mix of pastoral and two Aboriginal Land Trusts.

Download a map of the area using NR Maps, using the Map Products layer. 

Spatial datasets are available upon request, go to the Northern Territory Government website to request data on these reports.

For more information contact Jason Hill on (08)  8999 4443 or Des Yin Foo on (08) 8999 3615.

Tiwi Islands

This report is a summary of 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.

The following products are available:

The Tiwi Land Council and the Land Development Corporation have identified opportunities to lease land for commercial development on the Tiwi Islands.

There are opportunities for developments on the Tiwi Islands, secured through long-term leases on selected green-field sites for various purposes including:

  • pastoral, agriculture and aquaculture purposes
  • rural residential and residential purposes
  • tourism and industrial purposes
  • township land. 

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

For more information contact Mr Geoff Mackenzie, Land Development Corporation on (08) 8944 0909.

Last updated: 16 February 2017