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Coastal Harvestable Rights Review

Information on the review completed in 2021.

The department undertook a review of harvestable right limits in coastal-draining areas, including community consultation encouraging the community to submit feedback on a discussion paper outlining key issues involved with an increase in limits.

The community consultation and submission period ran from 8 February to 16 May 2021. The department held face-to-face public meetings in Bega, Tocal, Coffs Harbour, Grafton and Lismore, and ran four public webinars. Additional consultation was undertaken with First Nations people and Aboriginal organisations.

The department also ran a stakeholder survey to fill information gaps and gain insight into likely landholder responses to an increase in harvestable right limits. Over 50 submissions and 136 survey responses were received.

What we heard

A 'What We Heard report' was prepared highlighting the key themes from community consultation. Stakeholder feedback, a summary of survey responses and the government’s response are included in the report.

Download the report (PDF, 5477.92 KB)

The summary of the survey responses can also be viewed on the coastal harvestable rights review dashboard.

Note: Appendix A of the What We Heard report provides important information about how the survey results can be interpreted and used. The survey dashboard presents only part of the picture and should be considered in conjunction with the remainder of the What We Heard report.

Find more information on the resulting changes to harvestable rights in the coastal draining catchments harvestable rights area.

Review documents

Below are the key documents that were available to the community during the consultation period.

If you require assistance in reading these documents, please contact +61 2 9338 6600 or water.relations@dpie.nsw.gov.au.