Information sessions: drought outlook and water availability

Drought affected communities in regional NSW asked us to do a better job.

  • Sharing information
  • Including people in decisions
  • Taking action

Since February 2019 we have...

Provided more information on:

  • Drought updates
  • Allocations and trade
  • Environmental water
  • Restrictions and their justifications
  • Carryover
  • Groundwater allocations
  • Water sharing plan suspensions
  • Options and assistance for water users

Included more people in decisions through:

  • Expanding Critical Water Advisory Panels and publishing communiques from the meetings
  • New River Operations Consultation Committees
  • Engaging on temporary water restrictions
  • Working more closely with Councils
  • Continuing our public drought information sessions

Taken action to:

  • Protect small flows in the northern basin
  • Restrict carryover in severely affected valleys
  • Reassess capacity of near-empty storages
  • Secure and fast track approvals of emergency water infrastructure for rural towns
  • Permit some trade of water from NSW Murray towns when Menindee Lakes is low
  • Assess and consult on a range of drought management measures
  • Fast track approval processes for emergency and longer term water supply options

The department and WaterNSW is holding another round of public information sessions in October and November 2019.  These sessions will focus on preparations for managing remaining water supplies over the summer. They will include updates on water availability, managing risks to water quality and how we’re responding to feedback received at the last roadshow in May/June 2019.

Please join us on the dates and at locations below:

Location River System Date and TimeVenue
Wilcannia Barwon-Darling 17 October 2019
Wilcannia Town Hall,
Corner of Woore and Myers St, Wilcannia
Menindee Lower Darling 18 October 2019
Menindee Central School Hall, Menindee St, Menindee
Condobolin Lachlan 29 October 2019
5:00pm - 7:00pm
Condobolin Sports Club,
Tasker St, Condobolin
Dubbo Macquarie 30 October 2019
4:30pm - 6:30pm
Club Dubbo
82 Whylandra St, Dubbo
Moree Gwydir 19 November 2019
5:00pm - 7:00pm
Max Centre
Level 1/30 Heber St, Moree
Goondiwindi Border Rivers 20 November 2019
5:00pm - 7:00pm (QLD time)
6:00pm - 8:00pm (NSW time)
Gateway To Training Centre
15-21 Russell St, Goondiwindi
Narrabri Namoi-Peel 21 November 2019
4:00pm - 6:00pm
The Crossing Theatre - Riverside Room
117 Tibbereena St, Narrabri
Deniliquin Murray 27 November 2019
5:00pm - 7:00pm
Deniliquin Golf Club
1 Golf Club Rd, Deniliquin
Griffith Murrumbidgee 28 November 2019
4:00pm - 6:00pm
The Northside Griffith Leagues Club
255 Wakaden Street Griffith
Statewide webinar 3 December 2019
2:00pm - 3.30pm
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