ABC News: Pastoralists, traditional owners, environmental groups, call for moratorium on NT water licences

October 15, 2022 10:12 AM

The Northern Territory government's management of water could "run rivers dry" and risk the livelihoods of future generations, a traditional owner has said during a major water conference in Darwin this week.

Members of remote Aboriginal communities joined conservationists, environmental groups and pastoralists collectively travelled thousands of kilometres from isolated parts of Australia to attend the Water in the Bush conference, where they voiced concerns about the NT government’s water management practices.

Djingili elder and Director of Nurrdalinji Aboriginal Corporation Elaine Sandy was among those calling for the government to suspend its water allocation plans and introduce a moratorium on water licences.

"Hear our stories, hear our voice, hear our cries … we're talking on behalf of every one of us in the community, all our people," she told the ABC.

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ABC Katherine / By Roxanne Fitzgerald
Posted Sat 15 Oct 2022 at 4:51pmSaturday 15 Oct 2022 at 4:51pm, updated Sat 15 Oct 2022 at 4:53pm