Maningrida map, NT.
First Nations water security
Maningrida, Arnhem Land
Estimated cost
$21 million
Project status

The package is jointly funded by the Australian Government ($13 million) and the Northern Territory Government ($8 million). Australian Government funding is provided through the National Water Grid Fund.

Maningrida Airport Tank

A new tank will replace old infrastructure as part of the project. Image credit: Power and Water Corporation.

Project overview

The Maningrida Water Supply Upgrade will improve the reliability of the Maningrida community’s water network. There is a high and growing demand for water in Maningrida, and the northern community is at very high risk of future water source failure without water infrastructure development.

Works in the upgrade package include:

  • a new water tank to expand storage capacity
  • construction of new pipelines to connect the new tank to the network
  • replacement of old, leaky pipes.

This project will:

  • improve water source sustainability by enabling significant water savings
  • support housing development to reduce overcrowding by expanding water network capacity
  • contribute to expansion of services and facilities in the community.

Other flow-on benefits will include:

  • unlocking opportunity previously limited by water security, allowing expansion of community facilities and industries that will support local economic growth
  • strengthening climate and community resilience with a sustainable water supply, enabling improved responses to extreme weather events. 

Key project benefits

First Nations access
Increased storage capacity
Local community
Water efficiency

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