What areas does the plan cover?
This plan applies to all surface water resources in the Barwon–Darling Watercourse Resource Plan area. The Barwon–Darling Watercourse Resource Plan area will cover all surface water resources within the existing boundary of the gazetted Water Sharing Plan for the Barwon-Darling Unregulated Water Sources 2012. The Barwon and Darling rivers system funnel highly variable river flow from many inflowing river systems in the northern Basin.
Upstream of Bourke, the major tributaries of the Barwon and Darling rivers include; the Intersecting Streams, Border Rivers, Gwydir, Namoi, Castlereagh and Macquarie rivers. Below Bourke, the major tributaries are the Warrego and Paroo Rivers flowing in from the west.
The draft Water Resource Plan, and proposed changes to the existing Water Sharing Plans, were on public exhibition from 26 September 2019 to 29 October 2019. All submissions have been reviewed by the NSW Department of Planning and Environment.
The following respondents agreed to have their submissions published on this website. Note that not all respondents elected to have their submissions published.
The public exhibition period provided valuable feedback that helped develop and inform proposed changes to the Water Sharing Plan and Water Resource Plan.