The Water Sharing Plan for the NSW Murray-Darling Basin Fractured Rock Groundwater Sources includes rules for protecting the environment, 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

Locality map for NSW Murray Darling Basin Fractured Rock Groundwater Sources

The Water Sharing Plan for the NSW Murray Darling Basin Fractured Rock Groundwater Sources is a detailed legal instrument written in its required statutory format.

Plan status

The Water Sharing Plan for the NSW Murray Darling Basin Fractured Rock Groundwater Sources commenced on 16 January 2012.

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

In 2020 when the Peel Valley Water Sharing Plan is due for remake, and in 2012 when the North Western NSW Water Sharing Plan is due for remake, the fractured rock groundwater sources within these plans will be merged with this plan. This would result in a single water sharing plan covering the inland fractured rock groundwater sources.

Community consultation

The draft plan was on public exhibition from 6 December 2010 to 31 January 2011. All submissions were considered in finalising the statutory plan, which will be in place for 10 years.

Overview to the plan

The Water sharing plans – Inland NSW groundwater sources overview (PDF 170 KB) provides a general, plain English explanation of water sharing plan provisions and should be read together with the plan.

Background document

The Background document (PDF 828 KB) 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 regulated and unregulated water sources included in the plan, the public consultation process, and 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 following rules summary sheets provide an overview of the key water sharing rules for each water source included in the plan. The rules are a guide only. For more information about your particular licence conditions, please contact our licensing staff.

Rules Summary Sheets
Adelaide Fold Belt MDB (PDF 57 KB) New England Fold Belt MDB (PDF 57 KB)
Inverell Basalt (PDF 56 KB) Orange Basalt (PDF 56 KB)
Kanmantoo Fold Belt MDB (PDF 57 KB) Warrumbungle Basalt (PDF 57 KB)
Lachlan Fold Belt MDB (PDF 57 KB) Yass Catchment (PDF 56 KB)
Liverpool Ranges Basalt MDB (PDF 56 KB) Young Granite (PDF 56 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

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