Keeping the Norfolk Island Community Updated
23 February 2019
Like many of you, I am concerned about the water situation on Norfolk Island after an extended period of low rainfall.
My Department is considering options to complement the work of the Norfolk Island Regional Council to develop a long term water strategy.
I appreciate and acknowledge that some very practical suggestions have been put forward by the community about the security and supply of water. Options we are considering include:
- exploring a mobile desalination plant and the associated generator and fuel requirements
- considering an assessment of water saving and collection measures
- working with CSIRO to develop a project to complement Council’s efforts to assess bore water and tank resources.
It is also important for the island to have in place a plan to respond to unexpected events.
Emergency management is a function delivered by Norfolk Island Regional Council. The Department is working with Council to obtain reliable data and is planning to facilitate a workshop, involving all relevant parties to explore a range of scenarios in a water emergency situation and develop response plans.
The Administrator has asked the Emergency Management Norfolk Island (EMNI) Committee to consider a potential critical water event in the same way it would consider other natural disasters.