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Barwon-Darling Watercourse Water Resource Plan

Resubmitted in December 2023.

Status – closed

Commonwealth accreditation stage

Submitted June 2020
Withdrawn June 2021
Resubmitted November 2022
Withdrawn May 2023

Resubmitted December 2023

Commonwealth accreditation

All NSW Water Resource Plans (WRPs) were submitted in 2020 to the Murray–Darling Basin Authority (MDBA) to assess the plan against accreditation requirements of the Basin Plan 2012. Where plans have been submitted (and not withdrawn), a copy of the submitted Plan and the schedules and appendices is available on the MDBA website. The MDBA is progressing its assessment of NSW WRPs and notifying NSW on the outcome of this assessment. Where further work is required to address accreditation requirements, NSW WRPs are being withdrawn and will be resubmitted. At the time of withdrawal, the submitted documents are removed from the MDBA website. Refer to the Water Resource Plans–status: Water in New South Wales page for the status of each plan.

Changes made to the draft plan based on feedback from public consultation and the MDBA’s preliminary advice is provided in the summary of changes (PDF, 298.93 KB) fact sheet.

Water sharing plans continue to be the legal instruments for managing water resources in NSW. Water resource plans are put in place to implement the Commonwealth's Basin Plan 2012.

What areas does the plan cover?

This plan applies to all surface water resources in the Barwon–Darling Watercourse Resource Plan area. The Barwon–Darling Watercourse Resource Plan area will cover all surface water resources within the existing boundary of the gazetted Water Sharing Plan for the Barwon-Darling Unregulated Water Sources 2012. The Barwon and Darling rivers system funnel highly variable river flow from many inflowing river systems in the northern Basin.

Upstream of Bourke, the major tributaries of the Barwon and Darling rivers include; the Intersecting Streams, Border Rivers, Gwydir, Namoi, Castlereagh and Macquarie rivers. Below Bourke, the major tributaries are the Warrego and Paroo Rivers flowing in from the west.

Public exhibition

The draft Water Resource Plan, and proposed changes to the existing Water Sharing Plans, were on public exhibition from 26 September 2019 to 29 October 2019. All submissions have been reviewed by the NSW Department of Planning and Environment.

The following respondents agreed to have their submissions published on this website. Note that not all respondents elected to have their submissions published.

The public exhibition period provided valuable feedback that helped develop and inform proposed changes to the Water Sharing Plan and Water Resource Plan.

The views expressed in the submissions are the views of the respondents. While the department seeks to ensure that offensive material is not published, the department is not responsible for the views expressed in the submissions.

Download the submissions (PDF. 13,735KB)

For information on other programs in the department for the Barwon Darling follow this below links:

Water sharing plan

The progress of changes to the water sharing plan as part of the water resource plan development can be found below.

30 June 2020

The changes between the March 2020 draft and amended plan (June 2020)  can be seen in the track-changes document below (some changes may not be immediately visible due to template updates).

A report titled 'What we heard (PDF, 2088.8 KB)' has been prepared post the consultation across the NSW Murray-Darling Basin to capture key areas of feedback and provide transparency around how the issues that were raised are being addressed. It also outlines further plans and processes for addressing water sharing and management issues going forward.

March 2020

A further targeted session with the stakeholder advisory panel (SAP) that was held in April 2020, provided additional input into the water sharing plans.

Public exhibition (September – October 2019)


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