Lower North Coast 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 Lower North Coast 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 2018-2020 drought in the Manning Valley was unprecedented and highlighted the importance of managing and sharing our water resources equitably during dry times,” Ms Howard said.

“During the drought extreme pressure was put on the environment, water users and local water utilities as the Manning River and many tributaries ran dry.

“The challenges of the last drought are at the heart of the draft water sharing plan which has been adjusted to ensure continued access to water across the Lower North Coast even during dry periods.

“We’re keen to hear from a variety of stakeholders to ensure the new Lower North Coast 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.

The draft Lower North Coast water sharing plan is available on: dpie.nsw.gov.au/lower-north-coast-wsp