The department sought feedback from the community on the draft Murrumbidgee Regional Water Strategy, including a long list of proposed options to meet regional water challenges, from Wednesday 11 April until 12 May 2022.
Thank you to stakeholders who made a submission. The department has reviewed and analysed this feedback. It will be considered as strategy development progresses. A consultation summary report and submissions that submitters have agreed to make public have been published on this website.
The next stage of public consultation on the NSW Murrumbidgee Regional Water Strategy will recommence later this year.
The department is committed to engaging with all stakeholders in the Murrumbidgee region throughout development of the strategy. To ensure transparency, to demonstrate progress and to give the community confidence that we are progressing this important work, we are releasing a discussion paper that details refined regional water challenges based on feedback and the results of additional baseline hydrological modelling.
Clearly identifying the key challenges for the region is an important step in helping assess what tools and solutions are needed to manage the water needs of the Murrumbidgee region over the next 20 years and beyond.
Climate and hydrological modelling report
The results of baseline hydrological modelling for the draft NSW Murray and Murrumbidgee regional water strategies are detailed in this report, including key implications for water resources in the NSW Murray and Murrumbidgee regions. Releasing this base set of results is intended to inform public understanding and discussion about the range of potential climate challenges the water resources of the regions may face into the future.
Previous draft strategy and background information
Previous versions of the draft Murrumbidgee Regional Water Strategy can be found by visiting the what we heard page.
The department intends to further develop the strategy throughout the first half of 2023 and seek further community feedback, including on a proposed shortlist of actions to address regional water challenges, in mid-2023.
Draft regional water strategies prepared in consultation with regional communities
Identify opportunities and challenges for the region
Understand the future water needs of the region over the next 20 to 40 years
Identify long list of options to meet the challenges and aspirations of each region
Collect and review feedback. Refine key regional challenges
Undertake hydrological modelling and economic and environmental analysis. Identify proposed actions
Collect and review feedback
Finalise preferred actions. Integrate with existing government commitments