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Regional water strategies in New South Wales

Draft strategies and what we heard

Regional Water Strategies previously on public exhibition and what we’ve heard so far.

Scenic country views of the Mann River near Cangai.

Previous drafts and feedback

To develop these strategies, the NSW Government has undertaken significant research, analysis and consultation with industry, communities, and water managers. Input to the development of the strategy was sought through 2 public exhibition periods, as well as a range of targeted engagement sessions.

The following regional water strategies were on public exhibition in 2020–2022. The draft regional water strategies go through two rounds of public exhibitions before they are finalised. Feedback received on draft strategies has been used to refine the strategies and develop the actions that will be shortlisted for further investigation. The pages below present the previous draft strategies and the feedback we received per region during the public exhibitions conducted in 2020-2022.

Engagement with Aboriginal communities

The key themes that emerged during our consultation with the Aboriginal communities included Aboriginal people’s water rights, and Aboriginal knowledge and connection to Country.

Border Rivers Regional Water Strategy

To finalise the Border Rivers Regional Water Strategy the department sought input on the strategy through two public consultation periods.

Gwydir Regional Water Strategy

To finalise the Gwydir Regional Water Strategy the department sought input on the strategy through two public consultation periods.

North Coast Regional Water Strategy

To finalise the North Coast Regional Water Strategy the department sought input on the strategy through two public consultation periods.

South Coast Regional Water Strategy

To finalise the South Coast Regional Water Strategy the department sought input on the strategy through two public consultation periods.

Saltwater Creek in Ben Boyd National Park, Green Cape.

Lachlan Regional Water Strategy

Key themes that emerged during this consultation include climate and modelling, new and existing water infrastructure, town water security and water-related amenities, Aboriginal water rights and connection to Country, entitlement reliability and risk management, environmental health and connectivity, and groundwater.

Namoi Regional Water Strategy

Key themes that emerged during this consultation include water security, inclusion of Aboriginal water rights, interests and access to water, groundwater management and quality, climate conditions and change, ecosystems, river health and connectivity, and sustainable allocation and water sharing.

Far North Coast Regional Water Strategy

Key themes that emerged during this consultation include Aboriginal knowledge and connection to Country, water infrastructure, water security, flooding and flood mitigation, and groundwater.

Scenic country views of the Mann River near Cangai.

Macquarie-Castlereagh Regional Water Strategy

Key themes that emerged during this consultation include water security, groundwater, climate and modelling, Aboriginal knowledge and cultural heritage, entitlement reliability and risk management, new and existing infrastructure, and environmental and ecosystem health.