Water use summit at Parliament House 


Water experts from around the country will gather at Parliament House next week (December 1 and 2) for a two-day summit that will canvass many of the problems in the national debate about water use.

The experts will focus on the issues relating to northern waters, with many of the speakers coming from Western Australia, the Northern Territory and northern Queensland.

The event is co-hosted by the Honourable Marion Scrymgour, Minister for Natural Resources and the Environment, and Charles Darwin University.

The purpose of the Northern Australian Water Use Summit is to combine the collective policy experience and knowledge of senior government officials in charge of implementing water use strategies, indigenous Australians, primary industry representatives and scientific experts.

Their aim will be to devise strategies and solutions for wet and dry tropic water resource use, at a time when water resources are subject to global warming.

The strategies devised will be for the consideration of the Northern State Ministers responsible for Water Resources and for the Environment, and will form the agenda for a meeting of the Northern State Ministers during the first Natural Resource Ministerial Council for 2007.

Strategy recommendations for water use in Northern Australia that result from the summit will be freely available as a report from CDU.

The summit runs December 1 and 2 at NT Parliament House.