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South 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 South Coast region. A second draft South Coast Regional Water Strategy was on public exhibition from Wednesday 4 May until Wednesday 1 June 2022.

Public exhibition closed

The draft South Coast Regional Water Strategy was on a second public exhibition from Wednesday, 4 May until Wednesday 1 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.

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 development process identifies these risks and improves our understanding of how we can manage and be best prepared for these future uncertainties and challenges, while capitalising on the region’s opportunities.

South Coast Regional Water Strategy Snapshot

Download a copy of the South coast Region Key Statistics Snapshot (PNG, 1178.89 KB).

Draft consultation paper and background information

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

  1. Shortlisted Actions – Executive Summary (PDF, 3954.35 KB)
  2. Shortlisted Actions – Consultation Paper (PDF, 10344.1 KB)

Additional documents

  1. Economic base case (PDF, 797.77 KB)
  2. Detailed economic and ecological analysis (PDF, 1745.47 KB)
  3. Hydrologic analysis of options for the Bega rivers (PDF, 1342.35 KB)
  4. Hydrologic analysis of options for the Tuross River (PDF, 818.66 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.





Tuesday, 10 May
12:30 pm – 2:30 pm

Watch the webinar recording

Public information sessions were held at:

  • Bega, Tuesday 17 May 2022
  • Moruya, Wednesday, 18 May 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

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