Coffs Harbour Area Water Sharing Plan open for feedback

Media release | 17 January 2022

The Department of Planning and Environment is seeking feedback from water users and other key stakeholders on the new draft Coffs Harbour Area water sharing plan.

Executive Director of Water Planning, Giselle Howard said water sharing plans are valid for 10 years, once finalised, so it’s important the local community and stakeholders are informed and provide feedback while the plan is in draft form.

“The natural beauty of Coffs Harbour and the nearby Solitary Islands Marine Park are reliant on freshwater inflows so it’s vital we manage and share our water resources in an equitable way,” Ms Howard said.

“There’s extreme pressure on water resources in the Coffs Harbour Area with local industries and a growing population relying on a finite amount of water.

“We’re keen to hear from a variety of stakeholders to ensure the new Coffs Harbour Area Water Sharing Plan balances the needs of commercial water users, the community and

the environment.”

People have until Sunday 27 February to make their submission on the draft plan.

“This process allows us to find and address any concerns about the proposed water sharing plan,” Ms Howard said.

“We want to hear diverse perspectives on the draft water sharing plan and its socio- economic, cultural and environmental effects.”

All feedback will be considered before the final water sharing plan comes into effect in July 2022.

To read the draft water sharing plan visit: dpie.nsw.gov.au/coffs-harbour-wsp