Border Rivers valley floodplain

The Draft Floodplain Management Plan for the Border Rivers Valley Floodplain includes management zones, rules and assessment criteria for granting or amending approvals for flood works within the plan area.

Information on the draft plan is available for viewing as described below.

The Draft Floodplain Management Plan for the Border Rivers Valley Floodplain (as at December 2017 for public exhibition) is a detailed legal instrument written in the required statutory framework.

Consultation for this plan has now closed. The NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment is currently preparing the plan for commencement.

An overview of the key factors, rules and assessment criteria for each management zone of the draft plan is provided in the report cards which are available for download below. The report cards are included as a guide only.

The NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment proposes to include a transitional provision in the draft Border Rivers Valley Floodplain Management Plan to mitigate any disadvantage applicants may face as a result of significant delays currently being experienced in the assessment of flood work applications. More information about this transitional provision is available in a fact sheet.

For more information about how floodplain management plans work and the planning process refer to the NSW Healthy Floodplains Project floodplain management plan program.

Spatial map

Download a valley scale map of the updated management zones ((PDF 897.2 KB)) for the draft plan (February 2020).

Alternatively, download the following maps that show the draft management zones at a larger scale:

The management zones map is provided for information purposes only. The management zones map may be subject to change prior to commencement of the plan.

Community consultation

Consultation for this plan has now closed.

The department road tested the major concepts of the plan with key stakeholders during a targeted (informal) consultation process over the period Wednesday, 3 August 2016 to Wednesday, 14 September 2016. Stakeholders from a range of industry groups—including landholders, Aboriginal communities, environmental interests, consultants and government—were invited to attend workshops in Goondiwindi and Mungindi. These workshops introduced attendees to the main elements of the draft plan, including the boundary, management zones, and the rules for granting or amending flood work approvals.

The feedback received from targeted consultation was considered by an Interagency Regional Panel prior to the preparation of the plan for public exhibition.

Community input into the preparation of the plan was invited during public exhibition over the period Friday 15 December 2017 to Friday 9 March 2018. The department invited input via a media release, the Have Your Say portal, newspaper advertisements and notification letters to key stakeholders and landholders whose properties within Management Zones A and D within the plan area. The department also hosted individual appointments with interested stakeholders to provide greater detail about how the rules and assessment criteria would be applied in each management zone. Appointments were hosted in Boggabilla, Goondiwindi, Boomi and Mungindi in February and March 2018.

A total of 15 submissions were received during the public exhibition period. The main areas of concern identified in the submissions were the location of the draft management zones, the inclusion of specific approved flood works within the draft management zones and the thresholds described within the draft assessment criteria. All submissions were considered by an Interagency Regional Panel and minor refinements were made to the draft management zones (where the changes were supported by the management zone method including hydraulic, ecological, cultural and/or existing planning arrangements criteria).

The draft plan is currently being prepared for commencement.

Supporting documents


Floodplain management plans are being prepared under the NSW Healthy Floodplains Project which is funded by the Australian Government’s Sustainable Rural Water Use and Infrastructure Program as part of the implementation of the Murray-Darling Basin Plan in NSW.