The following frequently asked questions are general.

What are the regional water strategies?

The Department of Planning, Industry and Environment is preparing 12 regional water strategies and a Greater Sydney Water Strategy. The strategies look to the next 20 to 40 years to understand how we will need to manage water across the region to meet future needs. They will also consider the challenges and choices involved in meeting those needs, and the actions we can take to manage emerging trends and risks.

The strategies bring together the most up-to-date information and evidence with all the tools we have: policy, regulatory, educational, technology and infrastructure solutions in an integrated package.

What are the objectives of the regional water strategies?

The regional water strategies will set out a long-term roadmap of actions to deliver five objectives for each region:

  1. Deliver and manage water for local communities
    Improve water security, water quality and flood management for regional towns and communities.
  2. Enable economic prosperity
    Improve water access reliability for regional industries.
  3. Recognise and protect Aboriginal water rights, interests and access to water
    Including Aboriginal heritage assets.
  4. Protect and enhance the environment
    Improve the health and integrity of environmental systems and assets, including by improving water quality.
  5. Affordability
    Identify least cost policy and infrastructure options.

Why are the strategies being developed now?

Secure, reliable and resilient water sources are critical to regional communities in NSW. The NSW Government is using funds from the $4.2 billion Snowy Hydro Legacy Fund to invest in water security in NSW.

The NSW State Infrastructure Strategy 2018-2038 recommended reducing the potential effects of climate change on the management of water, improving water security, and improving drinking water quality for regional towns.

The regional water strategies will help provide long-term, tailored water management solutions for our regional communities, using the best available information on climate variability and other key water security risks.

How often will the strategies be reviewed?

Once the regional water strategies are finalised, the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment will develop a monitoring and evaluation program to ensure that the strategies are being delivered and are achieving their intended outcomes. The monitoring and evaluation program will include:

  • Monitoring progress of actions and recommendations. Adjustments will be made as required to ensure the overarching objective and outcomes of the regional water strategies are achieved.
  • Evaluating outcomes against baseline information.
  • Reporting outcomes, with the findings and recommendations of the program being publicly released at regular intervals and then used to improve implementation of the regional water strategies.

Changes to the strategy’s key underlying trends and assumptions (such as regional population trends, industry profile, further improvements in climate modelling and major water infrastructure investments), may also trigger the need for a review.

How do I find out which regional water strategy region I live in?