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Water Management in Far West NSW

Water strategy and planning information for western communities.

Barwon River near Brewarrina, NSW.

Upcoming consultation and engagement

The department is currently undertaking consultation in Western NSW across a number of key programs to give water users, stakeholders and communities a clear understanding of how future water options align and interact. Coordinating our consultation will ensure that we identify integrated and complementary options that deliver the best outcomes for the Western Region. The department is now consulting on the following:

Outlines the challenges and options to help set the strategic water direction for the region.

On public exhibition from 1 June 2022.

Outlines the rationale for establishing critical dry conditions triggers in the Barwon-Darling River and at the Menindee Lakes.

On public exhibition from 1 June 2022.

Proposed rules for floodplain harvesting access licences to be included in the Barwon-Darling water sharing plan.

Further information

Additional Information on the connectivity modelling and options as discussed at the Connectivity Stakeholder Reference Group meetings.

Public exhibitions

Date and locationRegional water strategy sessionFloodplain harvesting and Barwon-
Darling water sharing plan session
Monday, 6 June 2022
Webinar (overview of all programs) 
5:00 pm – 6:30 pm5:00 pm – 6:30 pmWatch the recorded webinar
Tuesday, 28 June 2022

Walgett RSL Club,
71 Fox Street. Walgett 
10:00 am – 12:00 pm1:00 pm – 3:30 pm 
Thursday, 30 June 2022

Bourke Bowling Club,
44 Mitchell Street, Bourke 
10:00 am – 12:00 pm1:00 pm – 3:30 pm
Important information

The Barwon-Darling exceeded the Sustainable Diversion Limit compliance triggers in 2019/20 and has again exceeded it in 2020/21. We have submitted a reasonable excuse claim to the Inspector General of Water Compliance.

For more information, please visit Tracking surface water extraction against extraction limits.