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NSW Border Rivers Surface Water Resource Plan

Accredited in April 2024.

Macintyre River in Kwiambal National Park, New South Wales.
Status – closed

Commonwealth accreditation stage

Submitted June 2020
Withdrawn May 2021
Resubmitted September 2022
Withdrawn May 2023
Resubmitted August 2023

Accredited in April 2024

Read the accredited water resource plan

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 Where plans have been submitted (and not withdrawn), a copy of the submitted Plan and the schedules and appendices is available on the MDBA website.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 Where further work is required to address accreditation requirements, NSW WRPs are being withdrawn and will be resubmitted.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, 403.64 KB) fact sheet.

Water sharing plans continue to be the legal instrument 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?

The NSW Border Rivers Surface Water Resource Plan covers all the surface water resources of the NSW Border Rivers River Valley. It includes the regulated river system; unregulated rivers flowing into the regulated river system; unregulated effluent rivers flowing out of the regulated river system on the plains; and water captured through farm dams and floodplain water harvesting. The NSW Border Rivers Regulated Water water between the banks of all rivers, from the Pindari Dam water storage downstream to the Pindari Dam wall, the Severn River from Pindari Dam wall downstream to its junction with the Macintyre River, the Macintyre River from its junction with the Severn River downstream to the junction of the Barwon River, the Barwon River from its junction with the Macintyre River downstream to Mungindi Weir, and the Dumaresq River from its junction with Pike Creek downstream to the junction of the Macintyre River. The NSW Border Rivers Unregulated Water Sources within the Border Rivers Water Management Area.

Public exhibition

The draft Water Resource Plan, and proposed changes to the existing Water Sharing Plans, were on public exhibition from 5 December 2018 to 1 February 2019. All submissions received during this period 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 Plans and Water Resource Plan. A public information session was held in Goondiwindi on 11 December 2018.


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. 5,745KB)

Water sharing plans

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

30 June 2021

  • Replacement Water Sharing Plan for the NSW Border Rivers Regulated River Water Source 2021

30 June 2020

The changes between the draft (March 2020) and current or draft remake, pending commencement 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 (December 2018 - February 2019)


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