Submissions

The following frequently asked questions are about submissions.

How do I make a submission?

Your voice is important. We would like to hear your views on the draft strategy as a whole, including the process we used to develop the strategy and the evidence that supports it. We are also seeking your feedback on the options presented in the draft strategy and whether you have any more information that could help us to assess the benefits and disadvantages of any of the options.

You can provide your written feedback by completing an online submission form at www.dpie.nsw.gov.au/water/plans-programs/regional-water-strategies. The submission form includes general questions about the regional water strategy including objectives, vision, modelling, opportunities and challenges. It also includes questions regarding the draft options. The submission form will take approximately 15 minutes to complete. You can remain anonymous if you wish.

Alternatively, you can download a submission form available on our website and email the completed form to regionalwater.strategies@dpie.nsw.gov.au or post it to:

Regional Water Strategies
Department of Planning, Industry and Environment
Locked Bag 5022
Parramatta NSW 2124.

You can provide supporting documents with your submission to help us understand your views.

All submissions will be reviewed following the six-week public exhibition period.

I completed a survey after attending a webinar. Do I still need to complete the submission form?

We will consider all comments made during the public exhibition process.

The webinar survey enables you to provide feedback about the webinar itself. We encourage you to provide detailed comments and suggestions via the submission form, as this gives us a more comprehensive understanding of your views. The submission form seeks feedback specifically on the objectives, vision, modelling, opportunities and challenges for water resource management and on the draft options. You can also provide supporting documents to your submission form.

You can still complete a submission form if you attend a webinar or have a phone call with a team member.

How can I submit a submission by post?

You may download a submission form template. Submissions can be sent to:

Regional Water Strategies
Department of Planning, Industry and Environment
Locked Bag 5022
Parramatta NSW 2124

I have spoken to someone on the phone, do I still need to complete the submission form?

We will consider all comments made during the public exhibition process. The phone survey will enable the provision of brief comments.

You can still complete a submission form if you have a phone call with a team member.

We encourage you to provide detailed comments and suggestions via the submission form as this gives us a more comprehensive understanding of your views. The submission form seeks feedback specifically on the objectives, vision, modelling, opportunities and challenges for water resource management and on the draft options. You can also provide supporting documents to your submission form.

When are submissions due?

Submissions to the Gwydir, Lachlan and Macquarie-Castlereagh strategies close at midnight on Friday 13 November 2020.

Will my submission be made publicly available after the public exhibition period has ended?

To promote transparency and open government, we intend to make all submissions publicly available on our website, or in reports. Your name or your organisation’s name may appear in these reports with your feedback attributed.

If you would like your submission and/or feedback to be kept confidential, please let us know when making your submission. You will be asked for your confidentiality preference at question 1.

If you request your submission be kept confidential, it will not be published on our website or included in any relevant reports, however it will still be subject to the Government Information Public Access Act 2009.

Your submission will be stored securely consistent with the department's Records Management Policy and you have the right to request access to, and correction of, your personal information held by the department.

See our privacy statement on our website.

Do I receive a copy of my submission?

After you have submitted your online form, a copy of the submission will be sent to your email address.