Posts Tagged ‘water

Singing the water

Oct 27, 2010 | Discuss

Singing the water

Imagine a public water supply so precious and sensitive that a single mishap or inappropriate usage could signal the end of a whole tribe. Alice Springs Historian Dick Kimber has spent decades travelling in the western desert with senior Pintubi and Warlpiri men, and last weekend took an Alice Springs audience on a tour of some of the most important waterholes in their country. He also shared some of what he had learned about the way they have managed water supplies for thousands of years in one...Read more

The waters of Mparntwenge

Oct 25, 2010 | Discuss

It’s a paradox that puzzles visitors and frustrates many long-term residents: While coastal Australians struggle to keep their gardens going under irksome restrictions, one of Australia’s driest towns wets itself with abandon. For decades the townsfolk fretted about the future of their water, drawn from underneath and replenished only by flows of the Todd River. Then, suddenly, when the vast Mereenie basin was discovered, the development of Alice Springs became a matter of “just add water....Read more

NTG proposes water allocations and National Water Week

Oct 13, 2010 | Discuss

NTG proposes water allocations and National Water Week

The ABC is reporting today that the NT Government is considering water allocation plans for the Artesian basin. The Arid Environment Lands Centre (ALEC) was also reported to support the idea, as long as the allocations prioritised the “water needs of ecosystems and local people ahead of speculative mining projects”. The timing of the announcement coincides with the upcoming National Water Week which starts on Sunday the 17th of October and goes through to Saturday the 23rd of October...Read more