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Regional water strategies in New South Wales

Draft strategies and what we heard

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

Scenic country views of the Mann River near Cangai.

Previous drafts and feedback

To develop these strategies, the NSW Government has undertaken significant research, analysis and consultation with industry, communities, and water managers. Input to the development of the strategy was sought through 2 public exhibition periods, as well as a range of targeted engagement sessions.

The following regional water strategies were on public exhibition in 2020–2022. The draft regional water strategies go through two rounds of public exhibitions before they are finalised. Feedback received on draft strategies has been used to refine the strategies and develop the actions that will be shortlisted for further investigation. The pages below present the previous draft strategies and the feedback we received per region during the public exhibitions conducted in 2020-2022.

Engagement with Aboriginal communities

The key themes that emerged during our consultation with the Aboriginal communities included Aboriginal people’s water rights, and Aboriginal knowledge and connection to Country.

Border Rivers Regional Water Strategy

To finalise the Border Rivers Regional Water Strategy the department sought input on the strategy through two public consultation periods.

Gwydir Regional Water Strategy

To finalise the Gwydir Regional Water Strategy the department sought input on the strategy through two public consultation periods.

North Coast Regional Water Strategy

To finalise the North Coast Regional Water Strategy the department sought input on the strategy through two public consultation periods.

South Coast Regional Water Strategy

To finalise the South Coast Regional Water Strategy the department sought input on the strategy through two public consultation periods.

Saltwater Creek in Ben Boyd National Park, Green Cape.

Far North Coast Regional Water Strategy

To finalise the Far North Coast Regional Water Strategy, the department sought input on the strategy through two public consultation periods.

Scenic country views of the Mann River near Cangai.

Murrumbidgee Regional Water Strategy

To finalise the Murrumbidgee Regional Water Strategy, the department is seeking input on the strategy through public consultation.

Murray Regional Water Strategy

To finalise the Murray Regional Water Strategy, the department is seeking input on the strategy through public consultation.

Lachlan Regional Water Strategy

The department brings together specialists in urban and regional planning, natural resources, environment, heritage, Aboriginal and social housing, and regional New South Wales.

Western Regional Water Strategy

To finalise the Western Regional Water Strategy, the department sought input on the strategy through targeted consultation and a public consultation period.

The sun rising over the scenic Darling River, Bourke.

Namoi Regional Water Strategy

To finalise the Namoi Regional Water Strategy, the department sought input on the strategy through two public consultation periods.

Macquarie-Castlereagh Regional Water Strategy

To finalise the Macquarie-Castlereagh Regional Water Strategy, the department sought input on the strategy through two public consultation periods.