TRaCK: Tropical Rivers and Coastal Knowledge

Science and knowledge that governments, communities, industries for sustainable use of Australia's tropical rivers and estuaries

Research Themes

People in this Theme

Joe Morrison
Theme Leader
John Altman
Project Leader
Lorrae McArthur
Project Leader
Michael O'Donnell
Project Leader
Quentin Grafton
Project Leader

Indigenous Water Use

There are many impediments to the development of enterprises in riverine and coastal environments across northern Australia. These impediments range from the logistic and technical difficulties arising from tropicality and remoteness to communication with audiences that speak English as a second and sometimes third language. Researchers in Theme 6 are identifying sustainable and culturally appropriate uses of riverine and coastal resources, which offer opportunities for innovative enterprise development in remote and regional communities.


Conference Participation
2009 Options for developing a natural-resource based economy in Arnhem Land: payments for environmental services
Fact Sheet
2010 Water markets
2010 Sustainable economies: Arnhem Land case study
2009 Indigenous rights to water in northern Australia
Magazine Article
2010 TRaCK sustainable livelihoods
2010 TRaCK Water trading
2012 Facilitators' Guide to Indigenous Water Planning
2013 1.4 The laws and policies of water reform
2013 2.4 Science in water planning
2013 3.4 Water rights and Strategic Indigenous Reserves
2013 1.3 How are governments involved in water reform?
2013 2.3 The water planning cycle
2013 3.3 Principles for good Indigenous engagement
2013 1.2 Understanding Australia's tropical rivers
2013 2.2 Key terms in water planning
2013 3.2 What Indigenous groups say about water reform
2013 1.1 What is water reform?
2013 2.1 What is water planning?
2013 3.1 Indigenous engagement and participation
2013 1.5 How are scientists involved in water reform?
2013 2.5 Including community views in planning
2013 3.5 How have other groups been involved in water planning?
2011 Indigenous Rights to surface and subterranean waters in northern Australia: the current state of the law and new opportunities in commercial and cultural management for Indigenous people - ANU Water Initiative Seminar, 2 December 2011.
2009 Economic interests, issues and opportunities in northern Australia….Indigenous values: Riversymposium Conference, Brisbane 2009
2012 Discussion Paper: Reflections on Researching and Developing Indigenous Livelihoods on Country
2011 Developing an effective conservation and sustainable use economy: two Arnhem Land case studies
2011 Assessment of the potential costs and benefits of water trading across northern Australia
2011 Indigenous Rights in Water in Northern Australia - NAILSMA/TRaCK Project 6.2
2010 Stakeholder values and attitudes towards water markets across northern Australia
2009 Analysis of institutional arrangements and constraints affecting the establishment of water markets across northern Australia