Moree community to be consulted about new NSW Water Sharing Plan for the Great Artesian Basin

Photo: NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment
Photo: NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment

The Moree community is encouraged to have their say on the NSW government's Water Sharing Plan for the Great Artesian Basin, which is currently on public exhibition.

The water sharing plan prescribes how water is sustainably managed to support economic, social, cultural and environmental outcomes, including the limit of water that can be extracted.

"Over the past few years, additional data has been collected to allow us to update the way that water is managed in the Great Artesian Basin," NSW Department of Planning Industry and Environment a/executive director Vanessa O'Keefe said.

"This plan will improve environmental and community outcomes for the area.

"The draft plan will replace the current NSW Great Artesian Basin Water Sharing Plan that is due to expire on July 1, 2020. It is on exhibition from February 20 to March 30, and can be viewed at www.industry.nsw.gov.au/nsw-gab-groundwater-sources."

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Great Artesian Basin groundwater users are invited to submit feedback on the draft plan, which is available to view and comment on online.

There will also be public consultation sessions in Moree, Lightning Ridge, Bourke and Coonamble next month.

The Moree session will be held at Moree Services Club from 10.30am to 12.30pm on Monday, March 2.

The draft plan applies to the groundwater resources of NSW's Great Artesian Basin, referred to as the:

  • Eastern Recharge Groundwater Source,
  • Southern Recharge Groundwater Source,
  • Surat Groundwater Source,
  • Warrego Groundwater Source, and
  • Central Groundwater Source.