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Towards a bicultural regional water program in Central Australia : consultations with Aboriginal community groups / Peter Toyne, Robin Japanangka Granites and Smithie Zimran
Bib ID 1386719
Format BookBook
Author
Toyne, Peter
 
Description Canberra : Australian Geological Survey Organisation, 1996 
32 p. : 1 map ; 30 cm. 
ISBN 0642249873
Summary

Consultations with Aboriginal community groups in central Australia have shown that the most effective programs for development of water supplies will be based on the extensive Aboriginal knowledge of water. Such a bicultural approach will give a stronger emphasis to water use throughout Aboriginal lands rather than in population centres alone and will lead naturally to a regional structure of water management. A traditional model has been developed for a regional water program that includes all activities connected with the supply and handling of water in both traditional and contemporary contexts, and all domestic, public and enterprise activities. This model has so far proved to be an effective vehicle for discussions of water issues. This approach to the consideration of water issues has resulted in the presentation of a number of specific proposals from Aboriginal people and their advisors for water-related developments in their communities and lands. These include new community infrastructure developments such as wood lots and swimming pools, strong calls for the provision of survival water supplies along isolated roads, and eneterprise proposals in the context of both the community and the Aboriginal lands. This bicultural approach to water issues can be taken further through the setting up of regional water management groups, with predominantly Aboriginal members, where Aboriginal knowledge and priorities can be applied to a regional water program with advice from appropriate non-Aboriginal people.der inquiry

Consultations with Aboriginal community groups in central Australia have shown that the most effective programs for development of water supplies will be based on the extensive Aboriginal knowledge of water. Such a bicultural approach will give a stronger emphasis to water use throughout Aboriginal lands rather than in population centres alone and will lead naturally to a regional structure of water management. A traditional model has been developed for a regional water program that includes all activities connected with the supply and handling of water in both traditional and contemporary contexts, and all domestic, public and enterprise activities. This model has so far proved to be an effective vehicle for discussions of water issues. This approach to the consideration of water issues has resulted in the presentation of a number of specific proposals from Aboriginal people and their advisors for water-related developments in their communities and lands. These include new community infrastructure developments such as wood lots and swimming pools, strong calls for the provision of survival water supplies along isolated roads, and eneterprise proposals in the context of both the community and the Aboriginal lands. This bicultural approach to water issues can be taken further through the setting up of regional water management groups, with predominantly Aboriginal members, where Aboriginal knowledge and priorities can be applied to a regional water program with advice from appropriate non-Aboriginal people.der inquiry.

Subjects Water-supply -- Australia, Central.  |  Aboriginal Australians -- Services for -- Australia, Central.  |  Rural water supply.  |  Rural water supply -- Northern Territory.  |  Aboriginal communities -- Northern Territory -- Water supply.  |  Water resources development -- Northern Territory.  |  Rural development -- Northern Territory.  |  Water supply - Ground water.  |  Economic sectors - Trades - Plumbing.  |  Community development - Infrastructure and municipal services.  |  Outstations / Homelands movement - Infrastructure.  |  Enterprises.  |  Walangkura / Kintore (South Central NT SF52-15)  |  Papunya (South Central NT SF52-16)  |  Yuendumu (South Central NT SF52-12)
Other authors/contributors Granites, Robin Japanangka  |  Zimran, Smithie  |  Australian Geological Survey Organisation

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