Beginning of public exhibition for Gwydir Alluvium Water Resource Plan

The NSW Government commenced public exhibition of the Draft Gwydir Alluvium Water Resource Plan today. 

The plan is one of the twenty Water Resource Plans NSW will be releasing for public comment. 

Lands and Water Division Department of Industry – Director Planning, Vanessa O’Keefe said the draft Gwydir Alluvium Water Resource Plan, which includes a new draft water sharing plan, covers groundwater within the main alluvial deposits associated with the Gwydir River approximately 20 km downstream of Copeton Dam, continuing north-west through Bingara to Biniguy to approximately 45 km west of Moree. 

“Water resource plans are a key requirement of the Murray-Darling Basin Plan with 20 water resource plans currently being developed in NSW. Consultation with communities is an essential part of developing and finalising these plans. This has included consultation with First Nations within the plan area,” said Ms O’Keefe.

“Gwydir groundwater users can now go online, review the draft plan and provide feedback. They are also encouraged to attend any of the two public information and feedback sessions happening next month.

“Previous consultation on water resource plans included the opportunity for community feedback on a status and issues paper, targeted consultation with water user groups and the state-wide Groundwater Stakeholder Advisory Panel.

“Water resource plans outline how each region aims to achieve community, environmental, economic and cultural outcomes and ensure that state water management rules meet the Basin Plan objectives.

The draft Gwydir Alluvium Water Resource Plan, including the draft water sharing plan, will be on public exhibition until 14 December 2018.

Public information and feedback sessions are being held at the following locations: 

Moree

Tuesday,   December 4, at the Moree Services Club (Albert Street, Moree) from 10am to 1pm

Bingara

Tuesday, December 4, at the Bingara Returned Servicemen’s Club (46 Finch Street) from 3-5pm.

For further information about the sessions, and to view the plans and give feedback, visit the Department of Industry website.