Monitoring, Evaluation, Reporting and Improvement

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The Lower Hunter Water Plan, released in 2014, included actions to supply water to the people and businesses of the region and outlined how we would respond to drought.

As part of the implementation of the Lower Hunter Water Plan 2014, a Monitoring, Evaluation, Reporting and Improvement (MERI) framework was established to assess performance against the plan’s objectives and to ensure that the plan adapted to incorporate the latest knowledge, experience and technology.

The Department of Planning, Industry and Environment is the lead agency in administering the MERI report, working closely with Hunter Water and Central Coast Council to gather the needed data and information.

The department has undertaken annual evaluations under the MERI framework since 2014. Key elements for monitoring under the framework include the validity of the assumptions that underpin the plan, the effectiveness and efficiency of the delivery of the implementation actions identified in the plan, and the evaluation of developments in research and technology that may influence the plan.

The focus of the MERI report in 2020 was a review of the 2014 Lower Hunter Water Plan during the drought. The report provides an overview of the actions undertaken as part of the drought response and reflects on the key findings and lessons learned.

The next iteration of the 2014 Lower Hunter Water Plan, the Lower Hunter Water Security Plan is now being developed. The new plan will ensure secure water supplies for the Lower Hunter over the next 40 years. The development of the Lower Hunter Water Security Plan applies lessons learned from the implementation of the 2014 Lower Hunter Water Plan and recommendations from previous MERI evaluations.

The draft Lower Hunter Water Security Plan is now on public exhibition until Sunday, 26 September 2021.

MERI Annual Evaluation 2019-20

Download the Drought MERI report 2019-20.

Download the Drought MERI report 2019-20

Previous MERI reports