The Water Sharing Plan for the Greater Metropolitan Region Unregulated River Water 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

Map of Greater Metroploitan Region water sharing plan map

The Water Sharing Plan for the Greater Metropolitan Region Unregulated River Water Sources is a detailed legal instrument written in its required statutory format.

Plan status

The Greater Metropolitan Region Unregulated River Water Sources plan was made on 2 March 2011 and commenced on 1 July 2011.

This water sharing plan is due for extension/replacement in July 2021.

In 2014, when the Kangaroo River 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 7 June to 30 July 2010. Community consultation included public information sessions in the Shoalhaven/Illawarra, Hawkesbury-Nepean and Metro Sydney areas. All submissions were considered in the finalisation of the statutory plan which will be in place for ten years.

Guide to plan

The Guide (PDF 291 KB) provides a general, plain English explanation of this water sharing plan's key provisions. The guide is a summary that should be read in conjunction with the plan.

Background document

The Background Document (PDF 1.1 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 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 Greater Metropolitan Region Unregulated River Water Sources plan. The rules are a guide only. For more information about your particular licence conditions, please contact our licensing staff.

Rules Summary Sheets
Berowra Creek and Cowan Creek (PDF 29 KB) Middle Nepean River (PDF 85 KB)
Boro Creek (PDF 21 KB) Mid Shoalhaven River (PDF 28 KB)
Broughton Creek (PDF 33 KB) Minnamurra Coastal (PDF 28 KB)
Bungonia Creek (PDF 28 KB) Minnamurra River (PDF 35 KB)
Cattai Creek (PDF 29 KB) Mongarlowe River (PDF 28 KB)
Colo River (PDF 33 KB) Mulwaree River (PDF 28 KB)
Cooks River and Botany Bay (PDF 28 KB) Nattai River and Lake Burragorang (PDF 34 KB)
Corang and Endrick Rivers (PDF 28 KB) Nerrimunga Creek (PDF 28 KB)
Dharabuladh (PDF 36 KB) Northern Sydney Coastal (PDF 28 KB)
Erskine Creek and Glenbrook Creek (PDF 29 KB) Parramatta River (PDF 32 KB)
Georges River (PDF 41 KB) Reedy Creek (PDF 33 KB)
Grose River (PDF 29 KB) Shoalhaven River Gorge (PDF 31 KB)
Hacking River (PDF 28 KB) South Creek (PDF 32 KB)
Jenolan River (PDF 28 KB) Southern Sydney Coastal (PDF 28 KB)
Kedumba River (PDF 28 KB) Upper Hawkesbury River (PDF 75 KB)
Kowmung River (PDF 29 KB) Upper Nepean River (PDF 42 KB)
Lake Illawarra (PDF 28 KB) Upper Shoalhaven River (PDF 29 KB)
Lane Cove River (PDF 28 KB) Warragamba River (PDF 28 KB)
Lower Hawkesbury River (PDF 31 KB) Werriberri Creek (PDF 28 KB)
Lower Kangaroo River (PDF 34 KB) Wingecarribee River (PDF 41 KB)
Lower Nepean River (PDF 53 KB) Wollondilly River (PDF 39 KB)
Lower Shoalhaven River (PDF 33 KB) Wollongong Coastal (PDF 28 KB)
Macdonald River (PDF 29 KB) Woronora River (PDF 32 KB)
Macquarie Rivulet (PDF 35 KB) Wywandy (PDF 35 KB)
Middle Harbour (PDF 28 KB)  

General information on water sharing plans

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