What's new

This fact sheet has information about the new rules being introduced in the Gwydir to implement active management.

From 1 July 2020, the water sharing plan for unregulated water sources in the Gwydir will include new rules for active management. Active management will ensure that releases of held environmental water remain in the river to achieve intended environmental outcomes.

Active management changes when and how much licence holders can pump when held environmental water is present in the river system. It also changes how licence holders find out if, when and how much they can pump during an environmental water release.

Active management rules in the Gwydir apply in the Gingham Watercourse Water Source and the Mallowa Creek management zone.

How to comply

This fact sheet helps licence holders in the Gwydir understand if they are affected and what they must do to comply with the new rules.

On 1 July 2020 the Gwydir unregulated water sharing plan will have new rules to ensure that water for the environment remains in the river. The new rules commence 1 December 2020.

Licence holders in the Gwydir will receive a new issue of their water access licence and water supply works approval that contain updated mandatory conditions that align with the new rules. The new conditions apply from the day they are received. Licence holders must comply.