Water - Fluid Perceptions

Tony McAvoy


There is no place in modern river management systems for the protection of Indigenous spiritual values. Indigenous people must continue to use the mechanisms at hand, but real impact on the commercial market in water and therefore river management will only occur when Indigenous people are water owners themselves.

The paper examines the development of Indigenous participation in the water economy and the potential for Indigenous people to influence river management decisions which may breath renewed spiritual life into a tired Rainbow Serpent.

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NSW Water Management Act 2000. Act 92 of 2000. http://www.austlii.edu.au/au/legis/nsw/consol_act/wma2000166/

Water Management Act 2000, Section 55: Native Title Rights. http://www.austlii.edu.au/au/legis/nsw/consol_act/wma2000166/s55.html

Water Management Act, Section 3: Objects. http://www.austlii.edu.au/au/legis/nsw/consol_act/wma2000166/s3.html

Water Management Act, Section 404: Dictionary. http://www.austlii.edu.au/au/legis/nsw/consol_act/wma2000166/sch99.html

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5130/tfc.v1i2.262