North Coast Regional Water Strategy

The draft North Coast Regional Water Strategy was on public exhibition from 3 March until 16 May 2021.

All submissions are currently being reviewed and feedback on the strategy overall including the long list of options presented is informing the options assessment process and finalisation of strategy documents.

Further community engagement will be undertaken following the review and assessment of all feedback.

A summary of feedback received and a copy of respondent submissions (for those respondents that have provided permission) is planned to be published in October 2021.

Thank you to those who have made a submission.

Please email the Regional Water Strategies Team if you would like further details about the development of this strategy.


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.

Feedback on the draft strategy was sought from Wednesday, 3 March until Sunday, 16 May 2021. A snapshot of the key statistics PNG, 225.03 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, 3559.18 KB
  2. Draft North Coast Region Water Strategy PDF, 10025.21 KB
  3. Draft North Coast-long list of options PDF, 3701.9 KB

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

A live webinar was held on Tuesday 30 March 2021. 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.

Public information sessions were held at:

  • Coffs Harbour on Tuesday, 20 April 2021
  • Grafton on Wednesday, 21 April 2021
  • Kempsey on Thursday, 22 April 2021
  • Armidale on Wednesday, 28 April 2021.

View the public information session presentation PDF, 7370.39 KB to find out more about the draft North Coast Regional Water Strategy.

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.

Aboriginal communities

Independently facilitated public information sessions were held at:

  • Grafton on Tuesday, 16 March 2021
  • Yamba on Wednesday, 17 March 2021
  • Nambucca Heads on Thursday, 18 March 2021
  • Armidale on Thursday, 29 April 2021
  • Kempsey on Friday, 20 April 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