Upcoming water community consultations in state’s west

Media release | 4 February 2019

NSW Department of Industry – Water, WaterNSW and the NSW Drought Coordinator will meet with the community in the state’s west this week to discuss local water management issues.

The community is invited to attend the following sessions to talk directly to key water and drought management staff about their water concerns. They include representatives from NSW Department of
Industry – Water, WaterNSW, NSW Office of Environment and Heritage and Rural Financial Counsellors and are being held on:

  • 6 February in Moree to discuss the Gwydir river system,
  • 7 February in Narrabri to discuss the Namoi river system,
  • 8 February in Walgett to discuss Barwon-Darling river system,
  • 11 February in Dubbo to discuss the Macquarie and Cudgegong river system, and
  • 14 February in Pooncarie to discuss the Lower Darling river system.

Department of Industry – Water Executive Director, Rachel Connell said it’s important we hear about local drought and water shortage concerns first hand from those affected and communicate our
proposed measures to help manage our river systems if the dry conditions persist.

“We’ll be out in some of the drought affected communities this week and next week to work with the locals and ensure they know they are not facing this alone.

“Communities made it clear during our previous visits that ongoing communication and drought coordination is vital so they can plan ahead.

“That’s why we are going out to the areas experiencing severe water shortages. To listen and work with the community to enhance farmers’ drought preparedness. We’ll have experts there to answer questions and provide information on the water availability outlook and proposed measures to help manage our river systems if the dry conditions persist.

“We want stakeholders to help us make sure decisions about managing our river systems during the drought are well informed and that we carefully consider potential impacts on water users in terms of environmental, social and economic outcomes,” Ms Connell said.

For information on the locations and times please visit: www.industry.nsw.gov.au/water/allocations-availability/droughts-floods/update/information-sessions