Provision for Cultural Values in Water Management: The Anmatyerr Story

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"Water is central to the law and culture of Aboriginal people in Central Australia. There is a potential risk to the cultural values placed on this tangible and spiritual resource when water is diverted or used for economic, recreational or domestic purposes. A range of local to international policies, legislation and guidelines now entitle the interests of Aboriginal people. This report is a case study of research which aims for Anmatyerr tyerrty (people) to be active ambassadors for their land and water in regional decision making processes, especially the Ti Tree Water Reaouce Strategy. The report concludes with recommendations for the primary audience, Anmatyerr tyerrty and the NT Government, with the view to cultural water values being provided for hereafter in water planning for this region. The first opportunity is the revised Ti Tree Water Resource Strategy 2008.

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