The Roper River water management area covers 79,605 km2 and is located in the far north of the Northern Territory east of Darwin discharging into the Gulf of Carpentaria. Water use is generally low in the WMA with <0.1% of the surface and groundwater resource used for extractive purposes. However, this does not necessarily mean that there is excess water available for exploitation due to the combination of seasonality and lack of infrastructure to transport and store water. There were no urban or rural water restrictions on water use over the season.
In the Roper River WMA, NRETA is responsible for bulk water supply and licensing. A Macarena Water Advisory Committee will be established in 2007 to advise Government on a future Water Allocation Plan which is to be developed and implemented to ensure sustainability of consumptive use. A plan was yet to be developed for the groundwater resources.
Figure 1 Roper River water management area locality map
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