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Far North Coast Regional Water Strategy

A long-term regional water strategy is being developed to guide how the NSW Government can best address the water-related challenges to support a liveable and prosperous Far North Coast region.

Scenic country views of the Mann River near Cangai.
Progress update

The draft Far North Coast Regional Water Strategy was on a second public exhibition from 1 November to 11 December 2022.

Thank you to stakeholders who made submissions during this consultation period. All submissions have been considered and the final strategy is expected to be launched later this year.


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

Public information sessions

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

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

Watch the recorded webinar

Tuesday 22 November 2022 – An overview of the regional water strategies program, region-specific opportunities, challenges and options. The webinar included a question and answer session.

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.