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Far North Coast Regional Water Strategy

The NSW Government is preparing regional water strategies that will bring together the best and latest climate evidence with a wide range of tools and solutions to manage the water needs of NSW over the next 20 to 40 years. A second draft Far North Coast Regional Water Strategy is on a second public exhibition from 1 November to 11 December 2022. During this period additional general public engagement will take place and written submissions will be accepted regarding the strategy.

Scenic country views of the Mann River near Cangai.

About the draft

The draft Far North Coast Regional Water Strategy will go on the second round of public exhibition from 1 November 2022.

Your voice is important. You will be can to have your say on the consultation paper for the draft Far North Coast Regional Water Strategy and shortlist of proposed actions by providing written feedback to the Department of Planning and Environment by midnight 11 December 2022.

Important information

The arrangements are tentative and subject to weather and flood impacts over the coming two weeks. We wish to give you as much notice as possible, but will cancel these sessions if flooding, weather and road conditions are not ideal. This may be at short notice. The department does not encourage community members to travel if it is not safe to do so. We will arrange virtual engagement sessions to replace face to face engagement wherever necessary. We also encourage you to contact us if you have any concerns about attending the planned sessions.

Why we are developing regional water strategies?

The NSW Government is preparing regional water strategies that will bring together the best and latest climate evidence with a wide range of tools and solutions to manage the water needs of NSW over the next 20 to 40 years.

A more variable climate, as well as changing industries and populations, mean we face difficult decisions and choices about how to balance the different demands for this vital resource and manage water efficiently and sustainably into the future.

The regional water strategy process is identifying these risks and understanding how we can manage and be best prepared for these future uncertainties and challenges, and capitalise on the region’s opportunities.

Draft consultation paper and background information

The draft Far North Coast Regional Water Strategy, including a long list of options, was released from 30 October to 13 December 2020. We also released a progress report in June 2022 that recognises the considerable impact that the February/March 2022 floods have had on the communities in the Far North Coast region. This progress report provided context to the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation’s (CSIRO) independent review of the Far North Coast regional water strategy.

Since this public consultation, we have taken on board what we heard, undertaken additional analyses to identify the challenges in the region that need to be tackled first and shortlisted the options into proposed actions that will help address these challenges. The consultation paper presents the outcomes of this work.

The second draft Far North Coast Regional Water Strategy is a set of two documents.

  1. Consultation Paper – Shortlisted actions for the Far North Coast region (PDF, 19474.9 KB)
  2. Executive Summary – Far North Coast Regional Water Strategy (PDF, 5088.25 KB)

Have your say

We would like to know your thoughts on the draft strategy. Submissions will be open soon for a period of 6 weeks. Click the button below to make an online submission.

Have your say

Public information sessions

The department will hold a webinar and a series of face-to-face sessions.

The webinar will provide an overview of the regional water strategies program, region-specific opportunities, challenges and shortlisted actions. It will also include a question and answer session.

The face-to-face sessions will be drop in style, where stakeholders are welcome to come anytime during the session. There will be no formal presentation. Instead we will have staff on hand to answer all your questions and provide information.

Webinar Engagement event Register for event
Tuesday, 22 November 2022 Update on the Far North Coast Regional Water Strategy
5:00 pm – 6:30 pm
Register for webinar
Drop-in sessions  
Monday, 14 November 2022 Far North Coast Regional Water Strategy and
Richmond River Water Sharing Plan
Kyogle Golf Club, 102 Summerland Way, Newpark
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Register for Kyogle
Tuesday, 15 November 2022 Far North Coast Regional Water Strategy and
Tweed River Water Sharing Plan
Murwillumbah Services Club, 10 Wollumbin Street, Murwillumbah
10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Register for Murwillumbah
Wednesday, 16 November 2022 Far North Coast Regional Water Strategy and
Richmond River Water Sharing Plan
Casino Returned Servicemen’s Memorial (RSM) Club, 162 Canterbury Street, Casino
10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Register for Casino
Thursday, 17 November 2022 Far North Coast Regional Water Strategy and
Richmond River Water Sharing Plan
Department of Primary Industries, 1243 Bruxner Highway, Wollongbar
10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Register for Wollongbar

Contact us

If you have any questions or would like more information about our information sessions please email regionalwater.strategies@dpie.nsw.gov.au.

Next steps

Following public consultation, we will develop an implementation plan that will set out when we plan to commence each action and what we plan to achieve by when. The implementation plan will also identify key partners in effectively delivering these actions, including local councils, other government agencies, local community groups and local Aboriginal communities.

Not all actions will be commenced at once, and funding will be a key consideration in planning when and how the actions will be implemented. The regional water strategies will be a key tool in securing funding as future opportunities arise.