NRAR to visit the Border Rivers in December 2020
Media release | 24 November 2020
The Natural Resources Access Regulator (NRAR) will visit properties in Goondiwindi, Texas, Mungindi, Tenterfield, Ashford, Glen Innes and Upper Horton in the Border Rivers region in December 2020 to observe water management practices.
NRAR’s Director Water Regulation West Gregory Abood encourages landholders in the areas to check their compliance with water laws before the regulator visits their properties.
“Landholders in Goondiwindi, Texas, Mungindi, Tenterfield, Ashford, Glen Innes and Upper Horton can expect a visit from the routine monitoring team in the coming weeks, so now is a good time for them to consider if their water management practices are compliant,” said Mr Abood.
“The majority of water users want to do the right thing and follow the water laws. It’s a matter of better understanding them. We want to ensure water users understand the rules that apply to them and their properties,” Mr Abood explained.
These visits are part of the water regulator’s routine monitoring program which commenced in October 2020. The water regulator hopes to gather data on compliance to determine a base-line level of compliance.
“It’s important for NRAR to proactively identify non-compliance, to ensure water is shared fairly for generations to come.”
While visiting areas across the Border River region of NSW, NRAR officers will confirm water activities on the property are compliant. All landholders will be contacted and given notice ahead of a visit, to give them the opportunity to check that their water activities are compliant with their individual conditions.
NRAR’s routine monitoring program saw the regulator expand its presence across regional NSW with the establishment of five new teams based in Dubbo, Tamworth and Deniliquin.
NRAR’s routine monitoring team will travel across the west of NSW between October 2020 and September 2021 meeting with the community to help them understand their obligations. For more information about NRAR’s routine monitoring program visit NRAR.
To see the work NRAR does, go to its public register on the NRAR website industry.nsw.gov.au/nrar. Go to ‘Reports and data’, then ‘NRAR Public Register’.
To make a confidential report on suspected water misuse, contact the NRAR Hotline on 1800 633 362 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.