Western Davenport Water Allocation Plan


The Western Davenport Water Control District was declared under the Water Act in 2007.

Located 300km north of Alice Springs, it stretches from Barrow Creek to the Devils Marbles and spans 24,000 square kilometres.

It has an estimated population of about 1,000 people, most of whom live in the community of Ali Curung.

Centred on the traditional lands of the Kaytetye, but also encompasses parts of the country of the Alyawarr, Warramungu, and Warlpiri peoples.

The district covers two large regional aquifers which underlie the central sandplains of the district and multiple other much smaller local aquifers, mainly associated with the ranges to the northeast and south of the district.

The large regional aquifers are recharged by periodic rainfall runoff from the Davenport Range.

Virtually all water supplies in the district are drawn from groundwater, however surface water supports a lot of the biodiversity and cultural values in the area.

The main local economic activities are pastoralism, irrigated horticulture and tourism.

Water Allocation Plan

The Water Allocation Plan for the Western Davenports was declared in 2011 for surface water and groundwater in the District.

Read the Water Allocation Plan: Western Davenport Water Control District (5.1 mb).

The plan defines the rules for the sharing and allocation of this water for a ten year period.

Go to the Northern Territory Government website to read more on the Western Davenport Water Control District.

Review of the Water Allocation Plan

In accordance with the Water Act, a water allocation plan must be reviewed at intervals not longer than five years.

The current Western Davenport Water Allocation Plan was declared in 2011, and was therefore due for review.

Review of the plan formally commenced in early 2016.

A consultation process involving stakeholders, land owners and interested parties commenced in April 2016.

Further consultations with stakeholders will be ongoing in February 2017.

The draft plan will be available for review toward the end of March 2017 for a 6 week consultation period.

To view the Western Davenport Water Allocation Plan Update February 2017

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Last updated: 08 February 2017