Beginning of public exhibition for Murrumbidgee Alluvium Water Resource Plan

Media release | 13 November 2018

The NSW Government commenced public exhibition of draft Murrumbidgee Alluvium Water Resource Plan today.

The plan is one of the twenty Water Resource Plans NSW will be releasing for public comment.

Lands and Water Division Department of Industry – Director Planning, Vanessa O’Keefe said the draft Murrumbidgee Alluvium Water Resource Plan, which includes a new draft Water Sharing Plan, covers the main alluvial deposits associated with the Murrumbidgee River, including its tributaries and anabranches from the Jugiong area at its eastern extent to Balranald at its western extremity. They also include the alluvial deposits of the internally draining Lake George catchment which occur to the south of Lake George.

“Water resource plans are a key requirement of the Murray-Darling Basin Plan with 20 water resource plans currently being developed in NSW. Consultation with communities is an essential part of developing and finalising these plans. This has included consultation with First Nations within the plan area, which is currently ongoing,” said Ms O’Keefe.

“Murrumbidgee groundwater users can now go online, review the draft plan and provide feedback. They are also encouraged to attend either of the two public information and feedback sessions happening this month.

“Previous consultation on water resource plans included the opportunity for community feedback on a status and issues paper, targeted consultation with water user groups and the state-wide Groundwater Stakeholder Advisory Panel.

“Water resource plans outline how each region aims to achieve community, environmental, economic and cultural outcomes and ensure that state water management rules meet the Basin Plan objectives.

The draft Murrumbidgee Alluvium Water Resource

Public information and feedback sessions are being held at the following locations:

Darlington Point Wednesday 28 November 2018 
4 pm – 6 pm
Darlington Point Sports Club
6 Demamiel St, Darlington Point NSW 2706
Wagga Wagga Thursday 29 November 2018 
9 am – 11 am
Wagga RSL Club
Kincaid St & Dobbs St, Wagga Wagga NSW 2650

For further information about the sessions, and to view the plans and give feedback, visit the Department of Industry Water Resource Plans.