Aerial view of the mouth of the Daly River, Northern Territory.

Aerial view of the mouth of the Daly River, Northern Territory.

Sustainable Development for Northern Australia: a comprehensive science review

The Northern Australia Land and Water Science Review 2009 examines a range of options for use of land and water in northern Australia and the likely consequences of those uses, for communities, businesses and the environment.

  • 8 February 2010 | Updated 14 October 2011

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The Review presents the best available quantitative estimate of the amount, distribution and use of water in the northern Australian landscape.  

The Review also estimates how much land may be available for further development, given the constraints of available water.

The Review is different to the recently released Northern Australia Sustainable Yields report (NASY).  The NASY report concentrated on water – its quantity, timing, location and availability.

The Review details the key limitations and enablers required for future development in the north, including environmental, social, economic and governance considerations.

The Review combines the findings from the NASY report with an analysis of how water in the north is currently used to support communities, business and the environment. 

It then examines a range of options for use of land and water in northern Australia (developments) and the likely consequences of those uses, for communities, business and the environment.

The Review details the key limitations and enablers required for future development in the north, including environmental, social, economic and governance considerations. 
 
The Review does not provide sustainable development ‘solutions’ for northern Australia.  The role of the review is to provide data and insights so that others might apply their values to the problems and opportunities of sustainability. It does recommend processes to ensure that developments are designed and selected to proceed with sustainability and equity.

Frequently asked Questions are addressed on page three of this document, which outline the key findings of this comprehensive science review.