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 Karlu Karlu (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.

It is 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 a large regional aquifer system which is recharged by occasional rainfall runoff from the Davenport Range in the north-east of the district and the Forster and Spring Ranges in the south.

Virtually all water supplies in the district are drawn from groundwater which also sustains groundwater dependent ecosystems and cultural values. Surface water supports important biodiversity and cultural values in the area and is available only for rural stock and domestic purposes.

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

For more information refer to the Western Davenport Water Advisory Committee.


The original Western Davenport Water Allocation Plan was declared in 2011.

In accordance with the Water Act, a review of the plan formally commenced in early 2016 with advice from the Western Davenport Water Advisory Committee.

A consultation process involving stakeholders, land owners and interested parties commenced in April 2016 and a report on community engagement has been produced.

The revised Western Davenport Water Allocation Plan 2018-21 was declared on 28 December 2018 in Special Gazette S114.

Contact the Water Resources Planner 08 8951 9214 for further information.

Last updated: 18 September 2019


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