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The Australian Indigenous Water Roundtable project aimed to create and support a national Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander reference group for water issues.This project allowed Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities to participate in water planning and obtain greater access to water resources throughout Australia.
This project has made a significant contribution to advancing policy discussion on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander water issues in Australia, and played a significant role in the formation of the first ongoing reference group, the First Peoples' Water Engagement Council (FPWEC). The FPWEC have been instrumental in raising the profile of these issues through conferences, workshops, meetings and through their submission to the Commissions 2011 Biennial Assessment and their advice to the Commission.
The FPWEC advice to the Commission informed the development of the National Water Commissions policy position on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander access to water.
Funding for this project was made available from the Australian Government Raising National Water Standards program.
Abstract adapted from Australian Government, National Water Commission
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