Healthy floodplains library

Implementation dates for the NSW Floodplain Harvesting Policy have changed following disallowance of amendments to the Water Management (General) Regulation 2018 in 2020 and 2021, that defined the process for issuing floodplain harvesting licences and the measurement requirements on those licences. Therefore the dates specified in our reports and guidelines may be superseded.

The department is committed to this important reform to ensure that limits on take and measurement requirements, apply to floodplain harvesting. Licensing will bring floodplain harvesting into line with other forms of take, enabling monitoring and management and providing certainty in the provision of water required for the environment   and other water users.

We are committed to being transparent about the processes and engagement with stakeholders taken for developing and implementing the Healthy Floodplains Project. In the library you will find policies, reports, fact sheets, plans and videos that document the project from 2013 until today.

Reports

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2021

2020

2019

2018

Fact sheets and guidelines

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2021

2020

2019

2018

Previous years

Healthy Floodplains Review Committee

Terms of reference

Non-consensus decisions

Disclaimer: The Healthy Floodplains Review Committee non-consensus decisions have been published for transparency. All interested parties have been formally advised and all references to personal identifiable information within these documents has been redacted.

Meeting communiqu├ęs

Disclaimer: The Healthy Floodplains Review Committee meeting minutes have been published for transparency. All interested parties have been formally advised and all references to personal identifiable information within these documents has been redacted.

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2021
2020
2015-2019

Responses to other reports

In 2020 The Wentworth Group of Concerned Scientists published a report in August 2020 titled Assessment of river flows in the Murray-Darling Basin: Observed versus expected flows under the Basin Plan 2012-2019. Department of Planning and Environment–Water agreed to provide a brief analysis of this report to Justin Field MLC and Rose Jackson MLC during a briefing (2 September 2021) in support of the work of the NSW Legislative Council’s Select Committee on Floodplain Harvesting.

For transparency, the Department of Planning and Environment has published it's brief analysis.