NRAR officers returning to the Barwon-Darling

Media release | 6 November 2020

Natural Resources Access Regulator (NRAR) officers will return to the Barwon-Darling region in early November as part of an audit campaign.

Director Regional Water Regulation (West-Murray Darling) Greg Abood said he hopes water users will be as welcoming of officers in this campaign as they have been during previous visits.

“We have been encouraged that landowners understand the importance of these audits and have demonstrated compliance with their work approvals and licences when our officers visited previously,” he said.

“While the onus is on water users to know the terms and conditions of their approvals and licences and to ensure they are complying with them, I want to encourage water users to talk to officers for advice or assistance.

“This campaign is also a reminder that water users need to be aware of new water sharing plan rules that came into effect on 1 July 2020, and that new water metering rules will come into force on 1 December 2020.

“I encourage water users to ask for clarification about the new rules that came into force in July, or the non-urban water metering rules that will come into force in December.

“Education is as important as our compliance activities.”

Officers are conducting audits on 11 properties between 2 and 6 November 2020 and will provide information packs about both sets of rules.

Mr Abood has also reminded landowners they will need to make an application to convert abandoned or disused works to inactive works before December 2020 when new metering rules come into effect.

“During previous visits, NRAR officers have found abandoned and disused works,” he said. “Registering these works as ‘inactive’ will bring landowners into compliance well before the December 2020 deadline. “An information pack provided during inspections will include a comprehensive metering leaflet on what landowners should do if they have disused or abandoned works to be registered.”

NRAR officers are continuing their activities of monitoring potentially unlawful water take during COVID-19, while observing all NSW Health recommendations to ensure the safety of water users, the community and staff.

To see the work NRAR does, go to its public register on the NRAR website.

To make a confidential report on suspected water misuse, contact the NRAR Hotline on 1800 633 362 or email the NRAR team.

A department 4WD vehicle sits stationary close to the shore of a body of water.