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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 North Coast region. A second draft North Coast Regional Water Strategy was on public exhibition from Monday, 23 May to Sunday, 19 June 2022.

Public exhibition closed

The draft North Coast Regional Water Strategy was on a second public exhibition from Monday, 23 May to Sunday, 19 June 2022.

All submissions are currently being reviewed and feedback on the strategy overall including the short list of actions presented is informing the finalisation of strategy documents.

A summary of feedback received and a copy of respondent submissions (for those respondents that have provided permission) will be published on this website later in the year.

Thank you to those who have made a submission.

Contact us

Please email the Regional Water Strategies team at regionalwater.strategies@dpie.nsw.gov.au if you would like further details about the development of this 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 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.

North Coast Regional Water Strategy Snapshot

Download a high resolution versions of the North Coast Key Statistics Snapshot (JPG, 1184.66 KB).

Draft consultation paper and background information

The draft North Coast Regional Water Strategy, including a long list of options, was released from Wednesday, 3 March until Sunday, 16 May 2021. 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 North Coast Regional Water Strategy is a set of two documents.

  1. Shortlisted Actions – Executive Summary (PDF, 12821.69 KB)
  2. Shortlisted Actions – Consultation Paper (PDF, 34775.1 KB)

Additional documents:

  1. Economic Base case (PDF, 1933.87 KB)
  2. Detailed economic and ecological assessment (PDF, 2190.41 KB)

Public information sessions

Watch the recorded webinar with an overview of the regional water strategies program, region-specific challenges and shortlisted actions. The webinars included a question and answer session.



Related information


Thursday, 2 June
12:30 pm – 2:00 pm

Watch the recorded webinar

Public information sessions were held at:

  • Grafton, Wednesday, 8 June 2022
  • Armidale, Thursday, 9 June 2022
  • Port Macquarie, Wednesday, 15 June 2022
  • Coffs Harbour, Thursday, 16 June 2022

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.

Next steps

Also available to download in high resolution JPG, 369.71 KB.