The reports provided background information for meetings held with community and groundwater licence holders in these areas in March 2022.
We held information sessions in Moree, Wee Waa, Gunnedah, Quirindi and Goolongong in March 2022. The presentation material for these meetings can be downloaded from the Water presentations library.
We invited stakeholders to provide feedback following the information sessions via email until 8 April 2022.
Based on what we heard, the department will do the following.
Upper Namoi Zone 12 and Upper Namoi Zone 8 groundwater sources
- We will further consult with the stakeholders in the Upper Namoi Zone 12 groundwater source and the Upper Namoi Zone 8 groundwater source when we receive feedback from their independent discussions on potential options to limit further decline in groundwater levels. Should the current good seasonal conditions change and the department observes that groundwater levels are continuing to decline, the department will meet with the stakeholders to discuss management options.
Upper Lachlan Alluvial Groundwater Source
- We will further consult with stakeholders in Management Zone 2 of the Upper Lachlan Alluvial Groundwater Source if the department observes further declines in groundwater levels in this area.
Lower Namoi and Lower Gwydir groundwater sources
- We met with stakeholders in the Lower Gwydir and Lower Namoi groundwater sources in September 2022 to further consult on how to manage and limit groundwater level declines.
- Submissions were received from both Namoi Water and Gwydir Valley Irrigators Association. These were considered by the department, including an option to change the impact assessment threshold that applies to third-party bores in line with the same criteria for other similar alluvial groundwater sources across the state.