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Regional water strategies in New South Wales

Final regional water strategies

Sustainable and integrated water resource management per region for the benefit of present and future generations.

Farmland west of Bega, NSW.

About the regional water strategies

Regional water strategies identify critical challenges that we need to tackle over the coming decades and outline the actions that we will undertake to respond to those challenges. The best and latest climate evidence, along with a wide range of tools such as policy, planning, behavioural, regulatory, technology and infrastructure solutions, have been used to chart a progressive journey for our water needs over the next 20 years.

These tools will help to build a road map for improving water outcomes for regional NSW over the next 20-40 years.

From draft to final strategy

Regional water strategy development commenced in 2019. Each strategy has been developed using an evidence- and risk-based approach informed by extensive community consultation at each step of the process. The NSW Government has taken a 6-step approach to preparing and implementing regional water strategies as shown below. Read more about these phases of strategy development and what we heard during our community consultation.

Draft regional water strategies prepared in consultation with the regions community

 

Community feedback sought

 

Implementation

Step 1

 

Step 2

 

Step 3

Step 4

 

Step 5

Step 6

Identify opportunities and challenges for the region

Understand the future water needs of the region over the next 20 to 30 years

Identify long list of options to meet the challenges and aspirations of the region

Identify key regional challenges. Assess and prioritise options into shortlist proposed action

Finalise key challenges and actions. Develop implementation plan. Integrate new solutions with existing initiatives

Implement and monitor the final strategy and review it regularly

Final strategies

North Coast Regional Water Strategy

A 20-year North Coast region-specific strategy to improve the security and certainty of our water resources.

South Coast Regional Water Strategy

A 20-year South Coast region-specific strategy to improve the security and certainty of our water resources.

Saltwater Creek in Ben Boyd National Park, Green Cape.

Border Rivers Regional Water Strategy

A 20-year Border Rivers region-specific strategy to improve the security and certainty of our water resources.

Gwydir Regional Water Strategy

A 20-year Gwydir region-specific strategy to improve the security and certainty of our water resources.

Status of all regional water strategies

The map below provides an overview of the status of each of the 12 regional water strategies.

Regional water strategies progress map.
Regional water strategies progress map.

Regional water strategies still in development

Read more about the process of developing regional water strategies, the current status and timelines of all the strategies.