Coastal Harvestable Rights Review

Farm dam, near Armidale in the New England region.

The NSW Government is committed to ongoing engagement with communities and businesses about improving access to water.

The department is undertaking a review of harvestable rights for all coastal draining catchments. The review is exploring the potential benefits and impacts of increasing the harvestable rights percentage, as well as allowing harvestable rights dams on third order streams.

Public consultation has now closed

Stakeholder input has been a valuable source of information and will help ensure decisions about improving access to water are well informed.

The department is currently analysing survey responses, written submissions and other feedback recorded throughout the consultation, and will produce a ‘What we heard report'. Recommendations will be made to the Minister for Water, Property and Housing on whether to increase harvestable rights, or if further studies are required.

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Review documents

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