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Regional water strategies in New South Wales

What we heard

Regional Water Strategies previously on public exhibition and what we’ve heard so far.

The following regional water strategies were on public exhibition in 2020-21. Feedback received during the public exhibition process has been used to refine and focus the strategies and the options that will be shortlisted for further investigation. The NSW Water Strategy addresses issues raised in the feedback that are consistent across the state.

Aboriginal engagement

The Regional Water Strategies workshops were held in the Namoi, North Coast, Far North Coast, South Coast, Border Rivers, Lachlan, Gwydir, and Macquarie-Castlereagh regions. Key themes that emerged during this consultation included Aboriginal people’s water rights and Aboriginal knowledge and connection to Country.

Border Rivers Regional Water Strategy

Key themes that emerged during this consultation include using the new climate data, environmental health and connectivity, Aboriginal water rights and connection to Country, entitlement reliability and risk management and new and existing water infrastructure.

Far North Coast Regional Water Strategy

Key themes that emerged during this consultation include Aboriginal knowledge and connection to Country, water infrastructure, water security, flooding and flood mitigation, and groundwater.

Gwydir Regional Water Strategy

Key themes that emerged during this consultation include climate and modelling, Aboriginal water rights and connection to Country, environmental health and connectivity, new and existing water infrastructure, groundwater, and entitlement reliability and risk management.

Lachlan Regional Water Strategy

Key themes that emerged during this consultation include climate and modelling, new and existing water infrastructure, town water security and water-related amenities, Aboriginal water rights and connection to Country, entitlement reliability and risk management, environmental health and connectivity, and groundwater.

Macquarie-Castlereagh Regional Water Strategy

Key themes that emerged during this consultation include water security, groundwater, climate and modelling, Aboriginal knowledge and cultural heritage, entitlement reliability and risk management, new and existing infrastructure, and environmental and ecosystem health.

Namoi Regional Water Strategy

Key themes that emerged during this consultation include water security, inclusion of Aboriginal water rights, interests and access to water, groundwater management and quality, climate conditions and change, ecosystems, river health and connectivity, and sustainable allocation and water sharing.

North Coast Regional Water Strategy

Key themes that emerged during this consultation include water quality, river health and ecosystems, climate change, Aboriginal people’s water rights, interests and access to water, managing increasing demand from different users, water conservation, reuse and recycling new and existing infrastructure and data collections for compliance and enforcement.

South Coast Regional Water Strategy

Key themes that emerged during this consultation include water security, Aboriginal knowledge and connection to Country, environmental and ecosystem health, and climate change and data modelling.