2019-2020 Water sharing plan reviews
The purpose of water sharing plans is to prescribe how water is managed, firstly to provide for the environment and also to support social and economic outcomes.
These plans typically apply for a period of ten years. At the end of this period, the Minister responsible for the Water Management Act 2000 may decide to replace or extend a plan. In making this decision, the Minister must consider a report from the Commission in accordance with s.43A of the Act.
The Commission has provided its final review reports for the following water sharing plans to the Minister:
- Central Coast Unregulated
- Coffs Harbour Area Unregulated and Alluvial
- Hunter Unregulated and Alluvial
- Lower North Coast Unregulated and Alluvial
- Peel Valley Regulated, Unregulated, Alluvial and Fractured Rock
Later, these reports will be made available on this website.
Have your say
Coastal water sharing plans
The Commission invites submissions from the public to inform its reviews of the water sharing plans for the:
- Bega and Brogo Rivers Area Regulated, Unregulated and Alluvial Water Sources 2011
- Murrah-Wallaga Area Unregulated and Alluvial Water Sources 2010
- Richmond River Area Unregulated, Regulated and Alluvial Water Sources 2010
- Towamba River Unregulated and Alluvial Water Sources 2010
- Tweed River Area Unregulated and Alluvial Water Sources 2010
The reviews will focus on the extent to which the water sharing provisions in the plans have materially contributed to the achievement of, or the failure to achieve, environmental, social and economic outcomes. They will also identify whether changes to these provisions are warranted.
Evaluation questions include:
- To what extent do you feel the plan has contributed to social outcomes?
- To what extent do you feel the plan has contributed to environmental outcomes?
- To what extent do you feel the plan has contributed to economic outcomes?
- To what extent do you feel the plan has contributed to meeting its objectives?
- What changes do you feel are needed to the water sharing plan to improve outcomes?
This is your opportunity to comment on the plans which govern water sharing arrangements in these regions. The Commission is specifically interested in your comments regarding the associated environmental, social and economic outcomes and any opportunities for improvement you have identified.
Submissions close at 5pm on Sunday 5 July 2020.
Ideally, your submission addresses the five key questions above in relation to social, environmental and economic outcomes, and opportunities for improvement.
A submission must clearly indicate the water sharing plan it relates to (for example, Bega and Brogo).
Once you have written your submission, you can:
- send your submission to: email@example.com
- post your submission to: Natural Resources Commission, GPO Box 5341, Sydney NSW 2001
- call 02 9228 4844 for support with lodging your submission or to ask any questions.
When making a submission please:
- provide any relevant information that supports your views
- note that all submissions will be made public on the Commission’s website unless clearly marked confidential or it contains material that is defamatory, offensive or in breach of any law
- submissions may also be shared with the NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment unless clearly marked confidential.
Greater Metropolitan Region water sharing plans
The opportunity to provide feedback to the Commission on the plans has now closed. After considering the feedback and other evidence, the Commission will provide the review report to the Minister.
What other plans are currently being reviewed?
Currently, the Commission is conducting reviews of the following water sharing plans.
|Water Sharing Plan||Map||Expiry|
|Greater Metropolitan Region Unregulated River||Hawkesbury-Nepean||July 2021|
|Greater Metropolitan Region Groundwater||Hawkesbury-Nepean||July 2021|
|Bega and Brogo Rivers Area Regulated, Unregulated and Alluvial||Map||2011|
|Murrah-Wallaga Area Unregulated and Alluvial||Map||2010|
|Richmond River Area Unregulated, Regulated and Alluvial||Map||2010|
|Towamba River Unregulated and Alluvial||Map||2010|
|Tweed River Area Unregulated and Alluvial||Map||2010|
More information is available on the NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment
The following submissions are published in line with the Commission's submissions policy.
Peel Valley water sharing plan review
- Anthony John
- BL Coxhead
- Cathy Merchant
- Commonwealth Environmental Water Office - Jody Swirepik
- Emma Peel
- Glenys Bundy
- Ian and Jillian Coxhead
- June Chaffey
- Kathleen Gardner
- Keith Harris
- Loretta Payne
- Monica Rodgers
- Murray Darling Basin Authority - Marcus Finn
- Nature Conservation Council - Chris Gambian
- Pam and Laurie Pengelly
- Peel Valley Water Users Association Inc - Ildu Monticone
- Scott and Vicki Woods
- Tamworth Regional Council - Bruce Logan
- Teresa Kuczera
- Wayne Chaffey
- Woodburn Heights Estate Water Users Association Inc - Peter Cooper
- Woolomin Station