Gwydir valley floodplain

The Department of Planning and Environment is seeking stakeholder views on proposed amendments to this floodplain management plan. You can provide feedback to the department from 26 September to 31 October 2022. Find more information and have your say.

The Floodplain Management Plan for the Gwydir Valley Floodplain commenced on 12 August 2016. The plan includes management zones, rules and assessment criteria for granting or amending approvals for flood works within the plan area.

Information on this plan is available for viewing as detailed below.

Floodplain management plan

Map identifying the boundary and management zones for Gwydir

The Floodplain Management Plan for the Gwydir Valley Floodplain 2016 is a detailed legal instrument written in the required statutory framework.

The following maps are included within the plan and are available for download.

An overview of the rules and assessment criteria for each management zone is provided in the summary sheets which are available for download below. The summary sheets are included as a guide only.

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

You can view the management zones for the Gwydir plan as a spatial map

Click at any location on the spatial map within the Gwydir plan area to identify the management zone at that location.


The spatial maps of floodplain management zones contained on this website (“Spatial Maps”) are produced for information purposes only. The authorised versions of the maps contained in floodplain management plans are published on the NSW legislation website.

The State of New South Wales, including the NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment (“the department”), does not give any warranty, guarantee or representation about the accuracy, currency or completeness of any information contained in the Spatial Maps (including, without limitation, any information included in the Spatial Maps which was provided by third parties). The State of New South Wales (including the department) provides the Spatial Maps without assumption of a duty of care to any person.

To the fullest extent permitted by law, the State of New South Wales (including the department) excludes all liability in relation to the information contained in the Spatial Maps or for any injury, expense loss, or damage whatsoever (including without limitation liability for negligence and consequential losses) suffered or incurred by any person acting, or purporting to act in reliance upon any information contained herein.

Applicants for flood work approvals use the Spatial Maps at their own risk when making decisions relating to the Spatial Maps. They should make their own enquiries with the department to confirm the impact of management zones on their application.

Plan status

The plan commenced on 12 August 2016 and is due for extension or replacement on 30 June 2027.

The department has completed a review of the plan under Section 43 of the Water Management Act 2000. The review report is now available.

The Natural Resources Commission has audited the plan under Section 44 of the Water Management Act 2000. The audit report is available on their website.

In response to the Section 43 review and the Section 44 audit, the department is now scoping out possible amendments to the Gwydir Valley Floodplain Management Plan. It is anticipated that targeted community consultation on the proposed amendments will be undertaken in mid-2022.

Community consultation

The department road tested the major concepts of the plan with key stakeholders during a targeted (informal) consultation process over the period Wednesday 19 March 2014 to Thursday 3 April 2014. Stakeholders from a range of industry groups—including landholders, Aboriginal communities, environmental interests, consultants and government—were invited to attend workshops in Moree. 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 Monday 8 September to Friday 24 October 2014. The department notified stakeholders via a media release, newspaper advertisements and 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 Moree, Garah, Bullarah and Rowena in September and October 2016.

All submissions received during the exhibition period were considered by an Interagency Regional Panel prior to the preparation of the plan for commencement.

Supporting documents


Floodplain management plans in the northern Basin were 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.