This project is reforming the management of water on floodplains through the development of floodplain management plans and licensing of floodplain extractions.
Up to $50 million has been allocated for this project.
This project is being implemented over a six year period across the five northern valleys in NSW's Murray-Darling Basin - the Gwydir, Border Rivers, Namoi and Macquarie, and the unregulated Barwon-Darling River valley.
Licensing of floodplain extractions
The project involves the implementation of the NSW Floodplain Harvesting Policy (PDF, 329.4 KB) to license floodplain harvesting water extractions and make them subject to volumetric limits.
Draft floodplain harvesting entitlements have been released in the Gwydir and Border Rivers valleys and are scheduled to be finalised by June 2018.
Entitlement modelling for the remaining three valleys is ongoing with the Barwon-Darling and Macquarie the most advanced.
Floodplain harvesting licences and water supply work approvals for all five Northern valleys are scheduled to be in place by June 2019.
Floodplain management planning
Floodplain management planning has been staggered across the five northern valleys in NSW. Floodplain Management Plans for the Gwydir and Barwon-Darling have commenced; whilst draft floodplain management plans for the Upper Namoi, Lower Namoi and Border Rivers have all undergone public exhibition. The Macquarie Floodplain Management Plan is yet to be placed on public exhibition. Floodplain Management Plans that cover all five valleys are scheduled to be in place by June 2019.
View Project Progress (PDF, 86.83 KB) in each Valley.
Individual floodplain harvesting entitlements
There are no current submission periods for individual floodplain harvesting entitlements.
To find out more about the Healthy Floodplains project, read or download the following factsheets: