Water sharing plan rules for floodplain harvesting
The Healthy Floodplain Project is bringing floodplain harvesting into the licensing system. As part of that, rules have been established for how water will be taken by floodplain harvesting licences.
Over a phased roll-out, public consultation is being held on each of the water sharing plans, where we seek feedback and public comment on the proposed rules.
After public exhibition has closed the department will collate submissions and publish a "What we heard” report that summarises the outcomes of the process. The final step will be to include rules in the appropriate water sharing plans and issue floodplain harvesting licences.
Rules have commenced in water sharing plans for the NSW Border Rivers, Gwydir and Macquarie valleys.
Have your say on the draft rules
The department is seeking feedback on water sharing plan rules for floodplain harvesting licences in the five northern valleys of the Murray-Darling Basin in northern NSW:
What we are consulting on
The five key rules in the water sharing plans that we are asking for your feedback on are:
- account management rules
- available water determinations
- permanent trade rules
- access arrangements, including rules to protect environmental flows
- amendment provisions
Account management rules
The department has developed an animated video that illustrates the proposed account management rules and highlights considerations such as:
- Is the accounting period appropriate to the resource?
- How large will the entitlements be with these accounting rules?
- Will the rules drive a change in behaviour?
- Will the rules encourage growth of floodplain harvesting?
Attend a consultation session and submit your feedback
The draft water sharing plan rules for floodplain harvesting licences will be on public exhibition in each of the five valleys in the northern Murray–Darling Basin.
For more information and key dates visit stakeholder engagement.
NSW Healthy Floodplains Project 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.