Water Sharing Plan for Nambucca River CatchmentDate: 2016 09 30
A new water sharing plan for the Nambucca River catchment, including the townships of Nambucca Heads, Macksville and Bowraville, commences today.
NSW Department of Primary Industries Director of Water Planning and Policy Alison Kirk said the new plan covers all surface and alluvial water sources in the catchment, as well as the adjacent catchments of Deep Creek and Oyster Creek.
“The new plan will improve water security and certainty of access,” Ms Kirk said.
“It will underpin sustainable management of our riverine and groundwater ecosystems, and addresses current needs, future requirements and the setting aside of environmental water.”
The commencement of this and other recently implemented plans means that water sharing plans now cover more than 95 per cent of water extraction in NSW.
Water sharing plans are now being prepared for the remaining unregulated rivers and groundwater sources in New South Wales.
Ms Kirk said unregulated rivers and alluvial groundwater play an important role in providing water for the long-term security for local farms, industries, towns and the environment.
“This plan was finalised following a public consultation process involving local landholders and the wider community, and is focused on protecting the water sources, managing water extraction and facilitating trading,” she said.
“It does not affect basic landholder rights, but recognises the importance of rivers and groundwater for Aboriginal people by allowing communities to apply for a water access licence for cultural purposes and in some cases for community development.”
The Water Sharing Plan for the Nambucca Unregulated and Alluvial Water Sources 2016 will be legally binding for ten years. Water licence holders covered by the plan will receive further information soon.
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