NSW water resource planning kicks off with Gwydir catchmentDate: 2016 10 31
Water users and the broader community of the Gwydir catchment are being invited to comment on the Status and Issues Paper prepared as part of the development of the region’s water resource plan.
Department of Primary Industries Water, Director Water Planning & Policy, Alison Kirk said a total of 22 water resource plans will be developed for surface and groundwater in the NSW Murray-Darling Basin regions by 2019 - a key requirement of the Commonwealth Basin Plan.
“The first step in developing each of the water resource plans is the need to identify the current status of water resources, existing planning mechanisms and identifying issues regarding water availability, access and sustainability,” Ms Kirk said.
“Today we start this process with the release of the Gwydir Status and Issues Paper for surface water resources to seek feedback on what matters most to local water users.”
Ms Kirk said that submissions from the Status and Issues Paper would help shape the development of the draft water resource plan for the Gwydir and was an important step in consulting the community on what they needed from the final water resource plan.
“The Gwydir is the first of the 22 plans to be developed and will provide valuable insight for the development process of plans to follow.
“NSW has set strict principles for the development of water resource plans to ensure they balance social, economic, cultural and environmental needs of the local communities and that there are no adverse impacts on water availability or to licence holders.
“Community input is key to achieving these goals and the NSW Government will be establishing Stakeholder Advisory Panels for each of the plan areas, as well as seeking both targeted and public comment on respective status and issues papers and draft water resource plans.
“I would urge all interested people to review the Gwydir Status and Issues Paper and make comment to ensure that the final plan deals with local issues in a balanced and practical way,” Ms Kirk said.
The exhibition period is open until Friday 9 December 2016 and written submissions must be received by that date.
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