About the Healthy Floodplains Project

The Healthy Floodplains Project is reforming the management of water on floodplains through the development of floodplain management plans and licensing of floodplain extractions.

Up to $50 million has been allocated for this project.

This project is being implemented over a six-year period across the five northern valleys in NSW's Murray–Darling Basin: the Barwon–Darling, Border Rivers, Gwydir, Macquarie and Namoi valleys.

Further information about the Healthy Floodplains project can be found in the Healthy Floodplains project fact sheet.

Floodplain management planning

Floodplain management planning has been staggered across the five northern valleys in NSW. Floodplain management plans for the Gwydir and Barwon–Darling have begun, while draft floodplain management plans for the Upper Namoi, Lower Namoi and Border Rivers have undergone public exhibition. The Macquarie Floodplain Management Plan is yet to be placed on public exhibition. Floodplain management plans that cover all five valleys are scheduled to be in place by June 2019.

Licensing of floodplain extractions

The project involves the implementation of the NSW Floodplain Harvesting Policy to license floodplain harvesting water extractions and make them subject to volumetric limits.

Floodplain harvesting licences and water supply work approvals for all five Northern valleys are scheduled to be in place by 1 July 2019.

Floodplain management planning

Floodplain management planning has been staggered across the five northern valleys in NSW. Floodplain Management Plans for the Gwydir and Barwon–Darling have commenced; whilst draft floodplain management plans for the Upper Namoi, Lower Namoi and Border Rivers have all undergone public exhibition. The Macquarie Floodplain Management Plan is yet to be placed on public exhibition. Floodplain Management Plans that cover all five valleys are scheduled to be in place by June 2019.

Project progress (floodplain management plans)

View Project progress (PDF, 86.83 KB) in each valley.

Floodplain valley Status Proposed commencement        
Barwon-Darling Commenced Commenced 30 June 2017
Border Rivers Valley Public exhibition complete December 2018
Gwydir Valley Commenced Commenced 12 August 2016
Lower Namoi Valley Public exhibition complete December 2018
Macquarie Valley Public exhibition 16 July -
13 September 2018
June 2019
Upper Namoi Valley Public exhibition complete September 2018