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Floodplain management plans per valley

Barwon-Darling Valley floodplain

The Floodplain Management Plan for the Barwon–Darling Valley Floodplain commenced on 30 June 2017.

Heritage-protected indigenous fish traps on the Barwon River. Brewarrina, NSW.

About the plan

The Floodplain Management Plan for the Barwon–Darling Valley Floodplain 2017 (plan) commenced on 30 June 2017. The plan includes management zones, rules and assessment criteria for granting or amending approvals for flood works within the plan area.

Information on this plan is available for viewing as described below.

Floodplain management plan

Map identifying the boundary and management zones of the Barwon-Darling

The Floodplain Management Plan for the Barwon-Darling Valley Floodplain 2017 (PDF, 8081.61 KB) is a detailed legal instrument written in the required statutory framework.


The following maps are included within the plan and are available for download from the NSW Legislation website.

You can view the plan boundary, management zones and ecological assets as a spatial map.

You can also find the floodplain management plan spatial dataset on the NSW Government’s SEED portal for use in your own geographic information system.

Rules and assessment criteria

An overview of the rules and assessment criteria for each management zone is provided in the summary sheets which are available for download below. The summary sheets are included as a guide only.

For more information about how floodplain management plans work and the planning process refer to Developing floodplain management plans.

Plan status

The plan commenced on 30 June 2017 and is due for replacement on 30 June 2028.

The Natural Resources Commission has audited the plan under Section 44 of the Water Management Act 2000. This audit is anticipated to be completed in March 2022 and will be available on their website.

Community consultation

The department road tested the major concepts of the plan with key stakeholders during a targeted (informal) consultation process over the period Tuesday, 13 October 2015 to Wednesday, 10 February 2016.

Stakeholders from a range of industry groups—including landholders, Aboriginal communities, environmental interests, consultants and government—were invited to attend workshops in Mungindi, Walgett, Brewarrina, Bourke and Dubbo. These workshops introduced attendees to the main elements of the draft plan, including the boundary, management zones, and the rules for granting or amending flood work approvals.

The feedback received from targeted consultation was considered by an Interagency Regional Panel prior to the preparation of the plan for public exhibition.

Community input into the preparation of the plan was invited during public exhibition over the period Friday 31 October to Tuesday 9 December 2016. The department notified stakeholders via a media release, the Have Your Say portal, newspaper advertisements and notification letters to key stakeholders and landholders whose properties within Management Zones A and D within the plan area. The department also hosted individual appointments with interested stakeholders to provide greater detail about how the rules and assessment criteria would be applied in each management zone. Appointments were hosted in Walgett, Brewarrina and Bourke in November and December 2016.

All submissions received during the exhibition period were considered by an Interagency Regional Panel prior to the preparation of the plan for commencement.

Supporting documents


Floodplain management plans in the northern Basin were prepared under the NSW Healthy Floodplains Project which is funded by the Australian Government’s Sustainable Rural Water Use and Infrastructure Program as part of the implementation of the Murray-Darling Basin Plan in NSW.

Contact us

If you require assistance in reading these documents, please contact 1300 081 047 or  water.enquiries@dpie.nsw.gov.au

Spatial map disclaimer

The spatial maps of floodplain management zones contained on this website (“Spatial Maps”) are produced for information purposes only. The authorised versions of the maps contained in floodplain management plans are published on the NSW legislation website.

The State of New South Wales, including the NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment (“the department”), does not give any warranty, guarantee or representation about the accuracy, currency or completeness of any information contained in the Spatial Maps (including, without limitation, any information included in the Spatial Maps which was provided by third parties). The State of New South Wales (including the department) provides the Spatial Maps without assumption of a duty of care to any person.

To the fullest extent permitted by law, the State of New South Wales (including the department) excludes all liability in relation to the information contained in the Spatial Maps or for any injury, expense loss, or damage whatsoever (including without limitation liability for negligence and consequential losses) suffered or incurred by any person acting, or purporting to act in reliance upon any information contained herein.

Applicants for flood work approvals use the Spatial Maps at their own risk when making decisions relating to the Spatial Maps. They should make their own enquiries with the department to confirm the impact of management zones on their application.