Review of 2004 Water Sharing Plans
In September 2013, DPI Water released a Review of 2004 Water Sharing Plans - NSW Office of Water report to the Minister for Primary Industries (PDF, 886.55 KB). In June 2013, the Natural Resources Commission released its Review of water sharing plans.
This information has been used by the Minister to determine if each of the plans was to be extended or replaced.
After reviewing the reports, the Minister recommended the replacement of the 31 water sharing plans due to expire in 2014. The Minister extended the current plans for 12 months, meaning that the 31 plans must be replaced prior to July 2015. In May 2015, the Minister has extended the current plans until the commencement of the respective replacement plan, or until 1 July 2016, whichever occurs first.
The following factsheet summarises the process that was undertaken:
Where no change to the intent of the plan rules has been proposed, DPI Water has engaged with stakeholders to show how proposed changes are consistent with the intent of the plan. This has generally been through information sessions or correspondence.
In cases where changes to a plan are more extensive and alter the intent of a plan – such as changes to plan rules – DPI Water has consulted with interested stakeholders before replacement plans are finalised. In these instances a formal public exhibition period, with calls for submissions, has generally been held.
The replacement plans for the Upper Namoi and Lower Namoi Regulated River, Macquarie and Cudgegong Regulated Rivers and Gwydir Regulated River have been approved and will commence on 1 July 2016.
All remaining 2004 replacement plans have been submitted for DPI Water and Ministerial approval or are in their final stages of preparation for submission.