Draft Hastings unregulated and alluvial water sharing plan on public exhibitionDate: 2016 06 27
Local farmers, industry and environment groups, and the wider community are being asked to comment on a draft water sharing plan for the rivers and alluvial groundwater within the catchments of Hastings River and Camden Haven River.
Manager, Rural Water Planning, Lyndal Betterridge, said today that the Draft Hastings unregulated and alluvial water sources water sharing plan is one of the final plans being prepared in NSW for unregulated rivers and alluvial groundwater to be placed on public exhibition.
“The plan establishes how water is shared among water users, industry and the environment,” Ms Betterridge said.
“The draft Hastings plan covers 18 water sources and associated alluvial aquifers within catchments of Hastings River and Camden Haven River and includes the townships of Port Macquarie, Wauchope, Laurieton, and Comboyne.”
Ms Betterridge said the draft plan includes rules for protecting the river environment, managing water extraction and facilitating water trading.
“Unregulated rivers and alluvial groundwater play an important role in providing water for the long-term security for local farming, industries, towns and the environment.
“The NSW government, rural landholders and the community all recognise that we must manage our rivers and groundwater sustainably. This water sharing plan is an important step in that direction.
“Once finalised, the plan will be legally binding for ten years, giving security and certainty for water users and the environment,” said Ms Betterridge.
The draft Hastings water sharing plan is on public exhibition from 27 June until 5 August 2016 and may be viewed at:
- Draft Water Sharing Plan for the Hastings Unregulated and Alluvial Water Sources
- Port Macquarie Public Library, 32 Grant Street, Port Macquarie
- Laurieton Public Library, 9 Laurie Street, Laurieton
- Comboyne Community Centre and Café, Comboyne
- Wauchope Public Library, 49 High Street, Wauchope
The draft plan, water source report cards and how to make a submission:
Submissions must be received by COB 5 August 2016.
Media contact: James Muddle – 0407 103 507