NRAR visiting properties across Central West in December 2020
Media release | 24 November 2020
The Natural Resources Access Regulator (NRAR) will visit properties in Lachlan River, Condobolin, Lake Cargelligo and Hillston in the Central West of NSW 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 Lachlan River, Condobolin, Lake Cargelligo and Hillston can expect a visit from NRAR’s routine monitoring team in the coming weeks. Now is a good time for them to consider if their water management practices are compliant,” said Mr Abood.
“We know most water users across the Central West want to do the right thing and this program is an opportunity for us to meet with landholders, observe their practices and provide educational resources.”
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.
“Now that NRAR has expanded its on-the-ground presence in regional NSW we will be able to visit three times as many properties in the next 12 months than in the previous financial year. In doing so, we aim to increase public confidence in water regulation,” said Mr Abood.
While visiting areas across the Central West, NRAR officers will be checking all water activities on the property are compliant. This includes pumps and bores, dam size, pumping logbooks and water take.
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.