Lachlan Regional Water Strategy

Submissions have re-opened for the draft Lachlan Regional Water Strategy. This additional time for submissions will ensure a broad range of stakeholder feedback informs the options assessment process and finalisation of strategy documents. Thank you to those who have made a submission.

Have your say by Sunday 13 December 2020.

Please note that all submissions will be published on the department’s website unless you let us know in your submission that you do not wish for the content to be released.


The NSW Government is preparing regional water strategies that will bring together the best and latest climate evidence with a wide range of tools and solutions to manage the water needs of NSW over the next 20 to 40 years.

A long-term Regional Water Strategy is being developed to guide how the NSW Government can best manage the challenges that are facing the Lachlan region. The Department of Planning, Industry and Environment is identifying actions that can address these challenges to support a liveable and prosperous Lachlan region.

We have prepared this draft strategy to continue our discussions with you about the future management of water in your community. It has been prepared in consultation with local councils and Aboriginal communities.

We want to know about the opportunities and challenges you see and how you think they should be addressed. We are seeking your feedback on the options presented in the draft strategy and whether you have any further information that could help us to assess the benefits and disadvantages of any of the options.

A snapshot (JPG 898.0 KB) of the key statistics for the Lachlan region is also available.

Draft strategy and background information

The draft Lachlan Regional Water Strategy is a set of three documents.

  1. Regional Water Strategies Guide (PDF 5.6 MB)
  2. Draft Lachlan Regional Water Strategy (PDF 6.9 MB)
  3. Draft Lachlan–long list of options (PDF 12.3 MB)

If you require assistance in reading these documents, please contact +61 2 9338 6600 or

Watch this short video to find out more about the regional water strategies program.

Public information sessions

Public information sessions have now closed.

Watch the recorded live webinar that provides an overview of the regional water strategies program, region specific opportunities, challenges and options. This webinar also includes the question and answer session.

Aboriginal communities

Public information sessions with Aboriginal communities have now closed.

Watch the recorded live webinar for the Gwydir, Lachlan and Macquarie-Castlereagh regions that provides an overview of the regional water strategies program along with opportunities and challenges, engagement with Aboriginal people and what we have heard, draft options, and the submission process. This webinar also includes the question and answer session.

Instructions to view the recorded webinar

After clicking on the link, enter your registered email and click join. If you have not previously registered, simply enter your contact details in the ‘register today’ fields and click register–you can then enter your registered email and join.

Make a submission

If you would like to make an online submission please click on the 'Have your say' button below. A copy of your submission will be sent to your email address.

Have your say - online submission form

Alternatively you can download the submission form and return it to us by email

A submission form for Aboriginal communities focusing on cultural options can be downloaded. Please return your form to us by email

Submissions will be accepted until midnight Sunday, 13 December 2020.

Next steps

We are working with communities across the state in a five-step approach to prepare and implement the Lachlan Regional Water Strategy.

Next steps