Cultural Watering Plans project
The Cultural Watering Plans project is working collaboratively with Aboriginal people and community groups to develop cultural watering plans.
A Cultural Watering Plan outlines:
- the community’s cultural water objectives
- ways in which the water could be accessed
- any obstacles to achieving the desired outcomes.
The project is:
- identifying barriers in existing water management frameworks that need to be reviewed to enable greater access to water
- creating an environment of two-way knowledge sharing between the department and Aboriginal stakeholders
- promoting an awareness of water access avenues.
In early 2023, the Cultural Watering Plan project ran an expression of interest process for a pilot program. A large number of applications were received, of which 6 were selected.
The Aboriginal Water Program team is working with the 6 diverse Aboriginal community groups across NSW to develop Cultural Watering Plans for their communities.
The plans will address the significance of cultural water, explore options for water access and ownership, and establish monitoring mechanisms.
The findings will be used to guide reviews of existing water policy and planning frameworks, and bridge gaps in our stakeholder communications.
The Cultural Watering Plan will remain the property of the person or group who applied and can be used to support a water licence application. Applying for a water licence is a separate process, to find out more visit water access licences.
The pilot program will be finish in 2023 and there are plans to expand it for 2024.