Water future for Border Rivers

Media release | 1 June 2022

The NSW Government has released the second-draft of the Regional Water Strategy for the Border Rivers.

Minister for Lands and Water Kevin Anderson said the second draft of the strategy has been prepared following extensive consultation and feedback from the community.

“After engaging with residents, businesses, stakeholder groups, Aboriginal communities and councils, we have landed on actions that will ensure a secure water future for the community and the environment,” Mr Anderson said.

“We have listened to community feedback, undertaken rigorous investigations and cost benefit analysis and determined that the proposed Mole River Dam will not proceed.

“Instead, the strategy looks at options like bores to access groundwater sources in the region, or converting general security licenses to high security licenses to give farmers greater certainty.

“The strategy also looks at modernising water supply systems in towns to make the more water efficient.

“There is no ‘one-size-fits-all’ solution to manage water in our regions. I encourage all members of the community and stakeholders in the Border Rivers region to get involved and have their say to help finalise the strategy.

The second-round draft strategy will be on display from 1 June to 26 June and stakeholders and the wider community will have the opportunity to attend webinar or face-to-face consultation sessions and provide their feedback.

The face-to-face general information sessions and Aboriginal engagement sessions will take place in various locations throughout June.

For more information and to register your attendance visit: dpie.nsw.gov.au/border-rivers-regional-water-strategy

Macintyre River in Kwiambal National Park.Have your say on the Draft Border Rivers Regional Water Strategy.