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Have your say on NSW water sharing plans

The Natural Resources Commission (the Commission) invites submissions from the public to inform its reviews of the water sharing plans for the:

•  Lower Murray-Darling Unregulated and Alluvial Water Sources 2011

•  Murray Unregulated and Alluvial Water Sources 2011

• Intersecting Streams Unregulated and Alluvial Water Sources 2011

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 Friday 18 December 2020. 

READ MORE AND MAKE A SUBMISSION

Where can you read the plans?

You can read the water sharing plans on the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment website, or if you're ready to make your submission, simply click on the link to the Commission's website for instructions.

What is a water sharing plan?

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 term, the Minister for Water may decide to replace or extend a plan.

Water sharing plans are prepared by the NSW Government Department of Planning, Industry and Environment.

As they approach expiry, water sharing plans are subject to an independent review by the Natural Resources Commission.

Why are independent reviews of these plans important?

Independent reviews are an opportunity to better understand where improvements can be made to improve environmental, social and economic outcomes. 

They provide the Minister with evidence to inform a decision to make a new plan or extend an existing plan when a water sharing plan approaches expiry.

The final report will be made available on the Commission’s website, providing transparency of findings and recommendations.

When do the water sharing plans expire?

The Lower Murray-Darling Unregulated and Alluvial Water Sources 2011 is due to expire on 30 June 2022.

The Murray Unregulated and Alluvial Water Sources 2011 is due to expire on 30 June 2022.

The Intersecting Streams Unregulated and Alluvial Water Sources 2011 is due to expire on 30 June 2022.

What will the review focus on?

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.

1.            To what extent do you feel the plan has contributed to environmental outcomes?

2.            To what extent do you feel the plan has contributed to social outcomes?

3.            To what extent do you feel the plan has contributed to economic outcomes?

4.            To what extent do you feel the plan has contributed to meeting its objectives?

5.            What changes do you feel are needed to the water sharing plan to improve outcomes?

How can I make a submission?

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, Murray Unregulated and Alluvial).

Once you have written your submission, you can:

•             send your submission to: nrc@nrc.nsw.gov.au

•             call 0448 481 420 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 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.