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UNSATISFACTORY PUBLIC CONSULTATION FOR NEW ADELAIDE RIVER DAM PLANS

26.07.2021

The Environment Centre NT wishes to raise a number of significant concerns relating to the lack of meaningful consultation opportunity available for Territorians in the Darwin Future Water Supply – Have Your Say that began on Tuesday 13 July. 

Adelaide River is a town – a community, but more importantly it’s the iconic, winding river that really makes the Top End tick. Its fishing, tourism, wildlife and hidden waterholes make it a hidden gem for Territorians in the know.  

We have the following concerns about the process:

- Insufficient public engagement timeframe
- No mention of drinking water
- No detailed maps of the proposal
- No opportunity to respond to Detailed Business Case
- No opportunity to provide broader feedback

It is for these reasons that the Environment Centre NT is not responding to this particular Have Your Say survey with less than a two-week timeframe for input. We welcome any opportunity for meaningful engagement in water decision-making, in securing drinking water for Territorians, water for our environment and for all of us for the long-term. This current process for the Adelaide River does not meet those criteria.

Read and download our letter to Minster Manison, Minister Lawler and Minister Kirby.