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Western Regional Water Strategy

Western Regional Water Strategy engagement

To finalise the Western Regional Water Strategy, the department sought input on the strategy through targeted consultation and a public consultation period.

The sun rising over the scenic Darling River, Bourke.

Final Western Regional Water Strategy

The Western Regional Water Strategy was adopted in December 2022.

Read the final strategy

Public consultation 1

Over the last few years, the NSW Government has been consulting with stakeholders and communities on a range of water-related issues in the Western Region. These issues include water resource plans, metering reforms, environmental water management, the Sustainable Diversion Limit Adjustment Mechanism program, the Better Baaka program, floodplain harvesting, connectivity, and drought.

The draft Western Regional Water Strategy was developed through targeted consultation throughout 2020, 2021 and 2022 and through a formal public exhibition period from 1 June until 13 July 2022.

The draft strategy included a set of 6 documents:

What we heard

A comprehensive engagement and consultation program accompanied the release of the draft strategy. This included:

Over 113 people attended and participated in discussions. We received:

  • over 200 written and verbal comments during the meetings and through submissions,
  • over 800 ideas, opportunities and challenges and suggestions,
  • 29 formal submissions.

This feedback and additional analysis was used to finalise the Western Regional Water Strategy and develop the implementation plan.

A summary of what we heard is available in the document below:


We are sharing collected community and stakeholder submissions for the region along with cultural and general submissions.