Aboriginal Freshwater Interests

​The Productivity Commission’s review of National Water Reform​ found that current water planning, management and service delivery arrangements do not effectively account for water access aspirations of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

NRE Tas recognises we are at the beginning of a learning journey to understand Tasmanian Aboriginal people's interests and connections to freshwater systems. The Deparment has developed an engagement approach based on discussions with Tasmanian Aboriginal people and organisations. This approach provides fundamental steps and principles to: 

  • build relationships,
  • recognise cultural values and knowledge in future management of lutruwita/Tasmania’s freshwater resources, and 
  • better understand important issues.
​In 2023, NRE Tas shared the Tasmanian Aborig​inal Freshwater Interests: What are we learning? report with the Aboriginal community. The report outlines what NRE Tas learnt through this engagement.

Tasmanian Aboriginal Freshwater Interests artwork by Nina Morris

Tasmanian Aboriginal Freshwater Interests artwork by Nina Morris, Project Officer - Water Policy and Planning Branch

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Water Policy Enquiries

GPO Box 44,
Hobart, TAS, 7000.