All of the water resource plans will also include one or more NSW water sharing plans.
The NSW Government has always advocated for a true triple-bottom-line approach to the Murray-Darling Basin Plan, which balances economic, environmental and socio-economic concerns, and puts local communities first.
The development of NSW water resource plans has adhered to these fundamental principles, with stakeholder and community consultation at the forefront. Targeted consultation with Stakeholder Advisory Panels (SAPs) and public exhibition was undertaken for each plan.
SAPs provided the department with stakeholder input into the planning process for WRP development. SAPs helped identify issues, examine options and provide the department with feedback and advice throughout the development of WRPs.
Stakeholder Advisory Panels were set up for each valley water resource plan area and an additional panel for the groundwater plans. The SAPs also provided feedback and advice where the regulated river Water Sharing Plans (WSPs) occurred at the same time as the development of the relevant WRPs. The stakeholder advisory panels operated under agreed terms of reference.
SAP members included representatives from NSW government agencies, water users, environmental interest groups, Aboriginal communities and local councils.