Water management strategies

Water management strategies bring together information to plan and manage a region’s short and long-term water needs. Strategies look at how much water a region will need to meet future demand, and come up with ways to manage risks to water availability and security.

The Department of Industry – Water is working with water service providers and stakeholders to develop 12 regional water strategies across NSW. We are currently focusing on the Greater Hunter, Gwydir, Macquarie, Lachlan, Richmond and Bega regions.

Regional water strategies ensure that infrastructure funding maximises water security benefits, and that these benefits are distributed for the best economic and community outcomes.

Regional water strategies will meet commitments made by the NSW Government in its response to the NSW State Infrastructure Strategy 2018.

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    Lower Hunter Water Plan

    Developed in 2014, this plan sets out how we will manage severe droughts, and make sure there is enough water for the people and businesses of the Lower Hunter.

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    Greater Hunter Regional Water Strategy

    Finalised and released in 2018, this strategy recommends options to improve how water is managed to respond to the region’s water needs over the next 30 years.

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    Gwydir Region

    Developed throughout 2018 and 2019, this strategy considers water security for towns, communities, businesses and the region’s significant environmental values.

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    Macquarie Region

    This strategy considers water security for towns, businesses and the region’s environmental values and is being developed throughout 2018 and 2019.

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    Lachlan Region

    This strategy is being developed throughout 2018 and 2019 and considers water security for towns and businesses along with the region’s environmental values.

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    Far North Coast Region

    Developed through to 2020, this strategy is focused on the Richmond catchment and considers the region’s growing population and tourist load along with business environmental needs.

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    South Coast Region

    The strategy is being developed through to 2020, it focuses on Bega catchment and considers the region’s tourist load, and business and environmental needs.