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Australian Indigenous HealthBulletin

Community water planner field guide project



The Community water planner field guide project is specifically for water management planning in Indigenous communities. This project includes a field guide that includes an instruction booklet and a series of posters and activity worksheets to direct a water planning program. The project also involves workshops that are conducted to introduce Indigenous people to the main concepts of water risk management, and to provide them with training on how to apply the principles in the guide practically.

The National Water Commission created the project in collaboration with Water Quality Research Australia and the Centre for Appropriate Technology.

The project was evaluated through a workshop processes and several recommendations for improvement were made, including:

The project package is generic and can be adapted to suit almost any type of water supply. The principles within the field guide are consistent with the Australian Drinking Water Guidelines and apply the risk management approach to water supplies outlined in the Framework for the Management of Drinking Water Quality.

Abstract adapted from the Centre for Appropriate Technology


Water Quality Research Australia
Level 3, 250 Victoria Square
Adelaide SA 5000
PO Box 1751
Adelaide SA 5001
Ph: (08) 7424 2445
Fax: (08) 7003 2441

Centre for Appropriate Technology
Desert Peoples Centre
Desert Knowledge Precinct
South Stuart Highway
PO Box 8044
Alice Springs NT 0871
Ph: (08) 8959 6100
Fax: (08) 8959 6111

Evaluated publications

Centre for Appropriate Technology (2012)

Evaluation of the community water planner and community water planner field guide: workshop report.

Alice Springs: Centre for Appropriate Technology


Last updated: 15 September 2014
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