Outcomes from consultation

2021

Floodplain Harvesting Measurement and Non-Urban Metering Roadshow – Consultation Outcomes Report

In February and March 2021, a series of roadshow sessions took place to inform stakeholders about floodplain harvesting measurement and non-urban water metering policy and regulations. Five sessions were held across the NSW northern Basin including Dubbo, Narrabri, Walgett, Goondiwindi and Moree.

The Consultation Outcomes Report was independently prepared by Elton Consulting. The report summaries key themes, issues raised and includes a detailed summary of each meeting, the questions asked and responses provided.

The department will be publishing a response to comments in the Consultation Outcomes Report shortly.

Download the Floodplain Harvesting Measurement and Non-Urban Metering Roadshow - Consultation Outcomes Report – April 2021 PDF, 395.98 KB.

Proposed floodplain harvesting rules for the Macquarie valley

On 22 March 2021, the department held a webinar to provide stakeholders with an update on the proposed rules for floodplain harvesting licences to be included in water sharing plans in the Macquarie valley. The webinar gave an overview of the modelling and predicted outcomes that were used to inform the draft rules. These rules included account management rules, available water determinations, trade rules, access arrangements, including rules to protect environmental flows, and amendment provisions.

Questions were submitted prior to the event and live during the event, and an expert panel was available to provide answers.

Watch a video of the public webinar – 22 March 2021


Proposed floodplain harvesting rules for the Gwydir valley

On 12 February 2021, the department held a webinar to provide stakeholders with an update on the proposed rules for floodplain harvesting licences to be included in water sharing plans in the Gwydir valley. The webinar gave an overview of the modelling and predicted outcomes that were used to inform the draft rules. These rules included account management rules, available water determinations, trade rules, access arrangements, including rules to protect environmental flows, and amendment provisions.

Questions were submitted prior to the event and live during the event, and an expert panel was available to provide answers.

Watch a video of the public webinar–12 February 2021.


Floodplain harvesting in the context of Water Management Act priorities

On 11 February 2021, the department held a webinar to provide stakeholders with an update on:

  • the NSW Government’s approach to water management and requirements of the Water Management Act 2000
  • the operation of the Basin Plan’s sustainable diversion limits and determination of baseline diversion limits and;
  • how implementation of the NSW Floodplain Harvesting Policy will protect the environment and downstream users.

Questions were submitted prior to and during the event. An expert panel provided answers.

Watch a video of the public webinar–11 February 2021.

2020

Proposed legislative amendments for floodplain harvesting

As part of the NSW Government's commitment to regulating and measuring floodplain harvesting, the NSW Floodplain Harvesting Policy and  NSW Floodplain Harvesting Measurement Policy have been developed. To have legal force, these policies must be incorporated into legislation with amendments to the Water Management (General) Regulation 2018 for floodplain harvesting.

Public exhibition on the proposed legislative amendments for floodplain harvesting ran from 23 November to 20 December 2020.

The proposed changes were to:

  1. allow for floodplain harvesting licences to be issued,
  2. apply measurement requirements in line with the Measurement Policy,
  3. establish a state-wide exemption for rainfall runoff collected in a tailwater drain, and
  4. allow a temporary exemption for the need to hold a licence (in certain circumstances) prior to floodplain harvesting licenses being issued.

More information can be found at Changes to the Water Management (General) Regulation 2018 for floodplain harvesting in NSW.

Border Rivers - 'What we heard' report

The draft rules for floodplain harvesting licences to be included in water sharing plans in the NSW Border Rivers valley were released for comment through public exhibition from 20 October 2020 until 30 November 2020.

This report summarises the feedback the department received during the public consultation sessions and from written submissions.

Download the 'What we heard' report–February 2021 PDF, 414.8 KB.

Floodplain harvesting measurement ready

On 5 November 2020, the department conducted a targeted webinar to update northern Basin landholders on the implementation of the NSW Floodplain Harvesting Measurement Policy and to provide an overview of the next steps required in order to comply with the new rules.

This webinar is the first of a series of information sessions being held for landholders required to comply with the policy.

Questions were submitted prior to the event and live during the event, and an expert panel was available to provide answers.

Watch a video of the Floodplain Harvesting Measurement Ready webinar for landholders–5 November 2020.

Future management of water in NSW Border Rivers

On 20 October 2020, the department held a public webinar to update stakeholders on the future management of water in NSW Border Rivers valley. The webinar consisted of a presentation on the new rules for floodplain harvesting and an overview of the draft Border Rivers Regional Water Strategy.

Questions were submitted prior to the event and live during the event, and an expert panel was available to provide answers

Watch a video of the public webinar–20 October 2020.

Floodplain Harvesting Measurement Policy 2020

On 19 August 2020, the department held a public webinar to launch the Floodplain Harvesting Measurement Policy 2020 PDF, 630.7 KB. The webinar consisted of a presentation on the policy and an update on implementation of the Floodplain Harvesting Action Plan 2019 PDF, 421.67 KB. Questions were submitted prior to the event and live during the event, and an expert panel was available to provide answers.

Watch a video of the Public webinar–19 August 2020.