What we heard
A comprehensive engagement and consultation program accompanied the release of the draft strategy. This included:
- face-to-face meetings
- online webinars
- formal submissions.
More than 70 stakeholders participated in the engagement program and 245 formal submissions were received. Key themes that emerged during this consultation include Aboriginal knowledge and connection to Country, water infrastructure, water security, flooding and flood mitigation, and groundwater.
To better understand the unique and complex water challenges of the Far North Coast region, the department engaged the CSIRO to provide advice and an independent review of the Far North Coast Regional Water Strategy. The CSIRO completed its review in February 2022. The review and the department’s response to CSIRO’s recommendations were published in June 2022.
CSIRO review documents:
What we heard
In the second round of the public exhibition of Far North Coast Regional Water Strategy, 68 stakeholders participated, and we received 176 formal submissions. Feedback ranged from general commentary about water-related issues such as water security and the need to explore water efficiency measures and alternative water supplies — to specific feedback about proposed shortlisted actions.
Final Far North Coast Regional Water Strategy
For more information visit the Final Far North Coast Regional Water Strategy.