Northern Australia Water Resources Assessment
WGA was involved in the review and delivery of water resource assessments for three priority regions in northern Australia. The assessment focuses on the Fitzroy catchment, WA; Darwin catchments (Finniss, Adelaide, Mary, Wildman), NT and the Mitchell catchment, QLD.
The project aimed to identify the potential to increase water-related development opportunities in northern Australia. The studies include:
- Evaluate the soil and water resources
- Identify and evaluate water capture and storage options
- Identify and test the commercial viability of irrigated agriculture opportunities
- Assess potential environmental, social, and economic impacts and risks of water resource and irrigation development.
WGA’s role is to assist in characterising groundwater flow systems in northern Australia to develop an understanding of the potential scale and location of groundwater development opportunities. The groundwater hydrogeology activity will consider opportunities for water security by incorporating management activities such as managed aquifer recharge.
This work supports the Australian Government's White Paper on Developing Northern Australia, for which one of the key initiatives is the development of northern Australia's water resources.