Greater Hunter Regional Water Strategy

Greater Hunter Region

The Greater Hunter Region covers the area from the Hawkesbury Nepean catchment to Taree. It includes the Mid-North Coast, Hunter Valley and the Central Coast. It contains several water sources that are interconnected by water pipelines that allow water to be transferred between valleys.

This region contains a range of industries and is home to around 1.1 million people. It also contains internationally significant wetlands in the Hunter River estuary.

Approaches to managing water in the Hunter must address the needs of coal mining, power generation, agriculture, tourism, local communities and the environment.

Greater Hunter Regional Water Strategy

The Greater Hunter Regional Water Strategy is designed to manage the region’s water needs over the next 30 years.

The strategy looks at existing and near-future risks to water security, and factors that could affect these risks. In particular, it looks at the risk of a drought worse than the worst drought on record and the effect it would have on the region’s water security.

The strategy sets out infrastructure and policy options to improve water security within the Greater Hunter. It proposes to:

  • connect water supply infrastructure across the Greater Hunter, so that water can be transferred to areas of major growth and critical locations in times of drought
  • investigate water reuse schemes for industry to increase the amount of water available
  • give greater certainty to industries by preparing plans that sets out how water will be shared and managed during severe droughts
  • work with AGL to manage their water requirements as they transition from coal fired power stations
  • improve environmental outcomes by placing less stress on rivers and groundwater during times of drought.

Stakeholders can comment on how to implement the strategy’s recommendations by emailing strategy.greaterhunter@industry.nsw.gov.au