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Draft strategies and what we heard

Namoi Regional Water Strategy

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

Public consultation 1

The first draft Namoi Regional Water Strategy, which considers current and future water needs and water security risks, was on public exhibition from 3 March – 16 May 2021.

The draft strategy was a set of 3 documents:

A comprehensive engagement and consultation program accompanied the release of the draft strategy. This included:

  • face-to-face meetings
  • online webinars
  • formal submissions.

What we heard

Over 120 stakeholders participated in the engagement program and 39 formal submissions were received. 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.

Submissions

We are sharing collected community and stakeholder submissions for the region along with cultural and general submissions.

Public consultation 2

After incorporating the feedback from the community and doing further analysis, the draft Namoi Regional Water Strategy was on a second public exhibition from Monday, 22 August until Sunday, 18 September 2022. The second draft was a set of two documents:

What we heard

In the second round of the public exhibition of Namoi Regional Water Strategy, 112 stakeholders participated, and we received 23 formal submissions.

Key themes that emerged during this consultation include:

  • Supporting the long-term needs of Tamworth and regional towns
  • Supporting regional communities in uncertain times
  • Improving the health and resilience of water-dependent ecosystems
  • Implementing the strategy

Submissions

We are sharing collected community and stakeholder submissions for the region along with cultural and general submissions.

Submissions - Consultation 2