North Coast Regional Water Strategy

This draft North Coast Regional Water Strategy is on public exhibition from Wednesday, 3 March until Sunday, 16 May 2021. The public exhibition period has been extended to enable the rescheduling of information sessions that were impacted by the recent weather event across NSW.

Below you can have your say online on the draft strategy by providing written feedback to the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment by midnight Sunday, 16 May 2021.

Register for a public information 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 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 North Coast region. The Department of Planning, Industry and Environment is identifying actions that can address these challenges to support a liveable and prosperous North Coast 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 of the key statistics (PNG 225.0 KB) for the North Coast region is also available.

Draft strategy and background information

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

  1. Regional Water Strategies Guide (PDF 3.5 MB)
  2. Draft North Coast Region Water Strategy (PDF 9.8 MB)
  3. Draft North Coast-long list of options (PDF 3.6 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

Please register below if you would like to attend our public information sessions to learn more about this strategy and to have your say.

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

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

The remaining sessions are face-to-face events with COVID-19 safe practices in place. These 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
Live webinarTuesday, 30 March 2021
10:00 am – 12:00 pm
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Coffs Harbour
Face-to-face
Tuesday, 20 April 2021
2:30 pm – 5:00 pm
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Grafton
Face-to-face 
Wednesday, 21 April 2021
11:30 am – 2:00 pm
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Kempsey
Face-to-face 
Thursday, 22 April 2021
10:30 am – 1:00 pm
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Armidale
Face-to-face
Wednesday, 28 April 2021
2:00 pm – 4:30 pm
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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 a discussion about opportunities and challenges, engagement with Aboriginal people, the submission process and a question and answer session. COVID-19 safe practices will be in place.

LocationDetails
Grafton
Face-to-face
Tuesday, 16 March 2021
10:30 am (yarn and cuppa)
11:00 am – 2:00 pm
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Yamba
Face-to-face
Wednesday, 17 March 2021
9:30 am (yarn and cuppa)
11:00 am – 1:00 pm
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Nambucca Heads
Face-to-face
Thursday, 18 March 2021
10:30 am (yarn and cuppa)
11:00 am – 2:00 pm
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Armidale
Face-to-face
Thursday, 29 April 2021
9:30 am – 1:00 pm
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Kempsey
Face-to-face
Friday, 30 April 2021
9:00 am – 12:30 pm
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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

Alternatively, you can download the submission form (PDF 516.3 KB) and return it to us by email regionalwater.strategies@dpie.nsw.gov.au.

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 Sunday, 16 May 2021.

Next steps

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

Next steps