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Removal of water exemption in Northern Territory

The Northern Territory Government has announced the removal of the exemption from licensing requirements for bores pumping less than 15 L per second in the Darwin Rural Water Control District. This means that commercial irrigators using bores in the district will be required to hold a water extraction licence. The original purpose of the exemption when the Water Act 1992 (NT) commenced was to help develop horticultural and agricultural areas in the area, the NT Government now believes that this purpose has been served. The removal of the exemption applied as of 6 July 2016 and commercial water users have three months to submit their licence request to the Department of Land Resource Management, including details of crop types and areas, and proof of existing water use. There will also be an amnesty of six months (from 6 July 2016) to allow commercial water users to apply and receive water extraction licences. Stock and domestic water users in the area are not affected by the removal of the exemption.


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