The Water Sharing Plan for the NSW Border Rivers Unregulated and Alluvial Water Sources includes rules for protecting the environment, water extractions, managing licence holders' water accounts and water trading in the plan area.

Information on this water sharing plan is available for viewing as detailed below:

Water sharing plan

The Water Sharing Plan for the NSW Border Rivers Unregulated and Alluvial Water Sources is a detailed legal instrument written in its required statutory format.

Border Rivers locality map

Plan status

The Water Sharing Plan for the NSW Border Rivers Unregulated and Alluvial Water Sources commenced on 1 June 2012.

This water sharing plan is due for extension/replacement in July 2022.

In 2014, when the Tenterfield Creek Water Sharing Plan is due for remake, a merger with this plan is proposed which would result in a single water sharing plan covering the unregulated water sources in the catchment.

Community consultation

The draft plan was on public exhibition from 6 December 2010 to 17 June 2011. All submissions were considered in finalising the statutory plan, which will be in place for 10 years.

Overview to the plan

Water sharing plans – Inland NSW unregulated and alluvial water sources – Overview (PDF 190 KB) provides a general, plain English explanation to water sharing plan provisions and should be read together with the plan.

Background Document

The Background Document (PDF 1.8 MB) provides a range of information on the development of the plan such as: how the plan was developed, the area the plan covers, an explanation of unregulated water sources included in the plan, the public consultation process, and the implementation of the plan.

Rules summary sheets

Water sharing plans contain various rules applying to specific water sources. Rules may include: environmental water rules, access licence dealing rules, rules for access licences, rules for water supply work approvals, rules for making available water determinations, and water allocation account rules. The rules are a guide only. For more information about your particular licence conditions, please contact our licensing staff at the Moree office.

The following rules summary sheets provide an overview of the key water sharing rules for each water source included in the NSW Border Rivers Unregulated and Alluvial plan.

Rules Summary Sheets
Beardy River (PDF 119 KB) Inverell (PDF 135 KB)
Bonshaw (PDF 119 KB) Kings Plains (PDF 130 KB)
Border Rivers Downstream Keetah Bridge Alluvial Water Source (PDF 143 KB) Macintyre Alluvium Groundwater Source (PDF 147 KB)
Border Rivers Upstream Keetah Bridge Alluvial Water Source (PDF 140 KB) Mole River (PDF 133 KB)
Camp Creek (PDF 118 KB) Ottleys Creek (PDF 118 KB)
Campbells Creek (PDF 118 KB) Ottleys Creek Alluvium Groundwater Source (PDF 137 KB)
Croppa and Whalan Creek (PDF 35 KB) Reedy Creek (PDF 118 KB)
Glenn Innes (PDF 125 KB) Yetman (PDF 119 KB)

Security interests

A security interest may be a mortgage or charge and may be registered or unregistered. Security interest holders have three years from the date of plan commencement to have their interest registered against a water access licence on the Water Access Licence Register, administered by Land and Property Information. Security interest not registered within that period will be extinguished. To find out more go to Water licensing > About licences > Security interests.

General information on water sharing plans

Find out more about water sharing plans from the following pages on this website: