Draft floodplain harvesting monitoring and auditing strategy

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The NSW Government is inviting feedback from the public on the draft Floodplain Harvesting Monitoring and Auditing Strategy until Friday 15 February 2019.

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What’s the purpose of the strategy?

NSW Department of Industry and the Natural Resources Access Regulator (NRAR) are committed to implementing a robust new floodplain harvesting monitoring and auditing framework to promote accountability, sustainability and fair access to Basin water resources. With the planned release of floodplain harvesting licences, the NSW Government requires an effective monitoring and auditing system that will drive voluntary and positive action and deter unlawful activity.

A draft Floodplain Harvesting Monitoring and Auditing Strategy has been developed and represents the first part of what will be a staged approach to wider floodplain regulatory initiatives over the longer term.

NSW Department of Industry is responsible for developing and delivering a final version of the strategy, by June 2019.

The draft has been released to consult with all interested parties on the key features and effects of the proposed strategy. It is vital that the government, industry and individuals across the Basin work together to get the settings right. Stakeholder feedback will be collated and genuinely considered, with any necessary changes being made prior to the final version being implemented.

Strategy development

The draft strategy is a culmination of extensive research and consultation into the feasibility of available measurement devices, monitoring systems and a monitoring approach to facilitate its implementation. Consultation feedback received from stakeholders supports a staged approach to floodplain monitoring that aims to improve rigour over time.

The draft strategy aligns with the Murray-Darling Basin Water Compliance Review which includes a recommendation to improve confidence in the measurement of take by floodplain harvesting in the northern basin.

Who will the strategy apply to?

This Floodplain Harvesting Monitoring and Auditing Strategy applies to those landholders who receive a floodplain harvesting access licence and associated water supply work approvals under the Floodplain Harvesting Policy.

What will happen once the strategy is approved?

Once finalised, the monitoring requirements of this strategy will come into effect through the conditions of the approvals.

All monitoring and auditing activities described in the strategy, and any subsequent enforcement activities, are the responsibility of NRAR and will be conducted in accordance with the Natural Resources Access Regulator Act 2017 and NSW Department of Industry/NRAR policies as follows:

The Healthy Floodplains Project is funding the development of storage curves and gauge boards for on-farm storages that are utilised for floodplain harvesting across the Northern Basin - this will ensure that all properties can meet the minimum standard for monitoring at the commencement of the licensing framework. Remote sensing technology using light detection and ranging (LiDAR) has been utilised to develop on farm storage curves for most storages. Other technologies together with traditional bathymetric surveys will be used to ensure 100% coverage across all eligible on-farm storages in the Northern Basin.

Download Storage Bathymetry Model Update and Application (Gwydir Valley)

Public information sessions

NSW Department of Industry will give stakeholders the opportunity to attend information sessions to find out more about the strategy and the submission process.

Following are the sessions scheduled for public consultation. Register now to confirm your attendance at a public meeting.

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Moree Monday 3 December 2018 
10.30 am – 12 pm 
Max Function & Conference Centre
Balo Street, Moree NSW 2400
Narrabri Monday 3 December 2018 
3 pm – 4.30 pm
Narrabri RSL Club
7 Maitland Street, Narrabri NSW 2390
Narromine Wednesday 5 December 2018
1 pm – 2.30 pm 
Narromine United Services Memorial Club
58 Dandaloo Street, Narromine NSW 2821
Bourke Thursday 6 December 2018
11 am – 12.30 pm
Diggers on Darling
23-25 Sturt Street, Bourke NSW 2840
Sydney Friday 7 December 2018
1 pm – 2.30 pm 
BCA National Training Group
Room 1.01, Level 1, 65 York Street Sydney NSW 2000
Online Monday 10 December 2018
2.30pm – 4 pm
Register for webinar

Make a submission

You are invited to make a submission on the draft Floodplain Harvesting Monitoring and Auditing Strategy by 5 pm, Friday 15 February 2019. All submissions will be considered when finalising the strategy.

Have your say

Submissions close at 5 pm on Friday 15 February 2019.


Get further information by sending an email to fph.monitoring@dpi.nsw.gov.au