Snowy Hydro Limited
Snowy Hydro Limited (SHL), the operator of the Snowy Hydro-electric Scheme, was issued with a package of agreements, licences and other regulatory instruments in preparation for corporatisation in 2002. One component of this package was the Snowy Water Licence issued on 30 May 2002 under the Snowy Hydro Corporatisation Act 1997 (NSW).
Snowy Water Licence
The Snowy Water Licence defines SHL's water rights and obligations and strikes a balance between the competing demands for water for hydro-electricity generation and the environment. The licence allows SHL to collect, divert, store, and release water by and from the works of the Snowy Scheme for the 75 year term of the licence. The licence also defines the rules for releases into the Murray and Murrumbidgee Rivers and imposes environmental flow release obligations on SHL for the benefit of the Snowy River and other montane rivers. The current Snowy Water Licence can be accessed from the link below.
Reviews of licence
The licence is subject to mandatory reviews as per the Snowy Hydro Corporatisation Act 1997 (the Act), initially after five years and then at intervals of 10 years. This follows on from the five year review completed in 2009. The first 10 year mandatory review of the licence is now due.
The review will focus on SHL's obligations under the Licence, which fall into three broad categories: increased flow requirements, water release requirements, and administrative obligations. It will also consider SHL’s performance in meeting the conditions of the licence, and whether there are any anomalies or issues with the licence that need to be addressed.
Interested members of the community are invited to make a submission to the Department of Primary Industries Water for consideration. Submissions must directly relate to the Terms of Reference for the review.
A copy of the relevant documentation is available for inspection online below and in person at:
- DPI Water - Level 10 Macquarie Tower, 10 Valentine Avenue, Parramatta 2150
- DPI Water - Orange Agricultural Institute, 1447 Forest Road, Orange 2800
- DPI Water - Government Service Centre, 11 Farrer Place, Queanbeyan 2620
A hard copy of the documentation can be posted upon request.
Please forward your submissions for the Snowy Water Licence review via email to firstname.lastname@example.org or mail to:
Snowy Water Licence Review
Intergovernmental and Strategic Stakeholder Relations
Department of Primary Industries Water
Locked Bag 5123
Parramatta NSW 2124
DPI Water may place submissions, or summaries of submissions received, on its website. Please advise us if you do not want your submission published or if you want part of it to be kept confidential (e.g. your name). DPI Water will respect your request, unless required by law to disclose this information, for example under the provisions of the Government Information (Public Access) Act 2009.
The deadline for written submissions is 5pm on 13 October 2017.
For any further enquiries, please contact email@example.com.
- Snowy Water Licence Review - Terms of Reference (PDF, 35.27 KB)
- Snowy Water Licence Review - Fact Sheet (PDF, 63.61 KB)
- Snowy Scientific Committee reports:
- Adequacy of environmental releases to the Snowy River (PDF, 612.53 KB)
- Adequacy of environmental releases to the upper Murrumbidgee River (PDF, 860.79 KB)
- NSW Government response to 'Adequacy of environmental releases to the Snowy River (PDF, 176.32 KB)
- NSW Government Response to 'Adequacy of environmental releases to the upper Murrumbidgee River' (PDF, 731.85 KB)
- Snowy Water Inquiry Outcomes Implementation Deed (PDF, 283.16 KB)
- Snowy Hydro Corporatisation Act 1997
- Past reviews and variations of the licence
In this section
- Snowy Water Licence - mandatory five-year review
- Five-year review of the Snowy Water Licence - public submissions
- Licence variations proposed in the five-year review – public submissions
- Proposed variations to the Snowy Water Licence 2011 - public submissions
On this page
- Snowy Water Licence
- Reviews and variations of the licence
- More information
- Snowy Flow Response Monitoring and Modelling program
- Returning environmental flows to the Snowy River