Macquarie-Castlereagh Regional Water Strategy

This draft Macquarie-Castlereagh Regional Water Strategy is on public exhibition from Friday 25 September until Friday 13 November 2020.

You can have your say on the draft strategy by providing written feedback to the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment by midnight Friday, 13 November 2020.

Register for a Public information webinar session to find out more.

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.

Overview

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 plan and 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 Macquarie-Castlereagh region. The Department of Planning, Industry and Environment is identifying actions that can address these challenges to support a liveable and prosperous Macquarie-Castlereagh 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 on any of the options.

A snapshot (JPG 880.6 KB) of the key statistics for the Macquarie-Castlereagh region is also available.

Draft strategy and background information

The draft Macquarie-Castlereagh Regional Water Strategy is a set of three documents.

  1. Regional Water Strategies Guide (PDF 4.0 MB)
  2. Draft Macquarie-Castlereagh Regional Water Strategy (PDF 10.0 MB)
  3. Draft Macquarie-Castlereagh–long list of options (PDF 22.2 MB)

If you require assistance in reading these documents, please contact +61 2 9338 6600 or water.relations@dpie.nsw.gov.au.

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

Public information sessions

If you would like to attend our public information sessions or book a one-on-one phone call with a regional water strategies team member to discuss the draft strategy in more detail please register below.

Both online and face-to-face sessions are available.

Public information session 1 is a webinar and will provide an overview of the regional water strategies program, region specific opportunities, challenges and options, and a question and answer session.

Public information sessions 2 and 3 are face-to-face events with COVID-19 safe practices in place.  Both sessions will provide an overview of the climate data modelling approach, long list of draft options, the submission process and a question and answer session.

LocationDetails One-on-one phone calls
10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Live webinarFriday, 16 October 2020
10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Register for the webinar
Book a one-on-one phone call

Monday, 19 October 2020
Tuesday, 20 October 2020
Dubbo
Face-to-face
Wednesday, 28 October 2020
9:30 am – 12:00 pm
Register for a face-to-face information session
Blayney
Face-to-face
Thursday, 29 October 2020
10:00 am – 1:00 pm
Register for a face-to-face information session 

Registrations for information sessions opening soon.

Aboriginal communities

Public information sessions facilitated by independent Aboriginal facilitators are being held with interested Aboriginal people to provide an overview of the regional water strategies program along with opportunities and challenges, engagement with Aboriginal people and what we have heard, draft options, the submission process and a question and answer session. COVID-19 safe practices will be in place.

LocationDetails One-on-one phone calls
10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Live webinarTuesday, 13 October 2020
10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Register for the webinar
Book a one-on-one phone call

Monday, 19 October 2020
Monday, 26 October 2020
Warren
Face-to-face
Tuesday, 27 October 2020
9:30 am – 12:00 pm
Register for a face-to-face information session 
Dubbo
Face-to-face
Wednesday, 28 October 2020
1:30 pm – 4:00 pm
Register for a face-to-face information session 

Please email regionalwater.strategies@dpie.nsw.gov.au if you would like further details about our information sessions.

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 regionalwater.strategies@dpie.nsw.gov.au.

A submission form for Aboriginal communities focusing on cultural options can be downloaded. Please return your form to us by email regionalwater.strategies@dpie.nsw.gov.au.

Submissions will be accepted until midnight Friday, 13 November 2020.

Next steps

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

Next steps