Draft Gwydir Surface Water Resource Plan - closed
Public exhibition of the Gwydir Surface Water Resource Plan (WRP) is now closed.
- Read the draft plan, schedules and appendices
- Read the fact sheets
- View the public information session presentations for Bingara and Moree
If you are running late with your submission, email firstname.lastname@example.org before the closing date to let us know. Note that submissions made after the closing date may not be considered.
The purpose of this draft plan
The purpose of the Gwydir Surface WRP is to set out how NSW will meet its obligations under the Murray–Darling Basin Plan 2012 in the Gwydir Surface Water Resource Plan Area (WRPA). A WRP must comply with the requirements of Chapter 10 of the Basin Plan 2012 for it to be accredited under Division 2 of Part 2 of the Water Act 2007.
Areas and water sources covered by the plan
The Gwydir Surface Water Resource Plan covers all the surface water resources of the Gwydir River Valley. It includes the regulated river system; unregulated rivers flowing into the regulated river system; unregulated effluent rivers flowing out of the regulated river system on the plains; and water captured through farm dams and floodplain harvesting. Groundwater in the area is not included, and is covered by separate water resource plans.
Public information sessions
Public information sessions were held at:
- Bingara, 31 October 2018 – download the presentation
- Moree, 1 November 2018 – download the presentation.
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- Changes to the regulated water sharing plan
- Changes to the unregulated water sharing plan
- Floodplain harvesting policy changes fact sheet
- Active management to share flows – fact sheet
For general fact sheets about water sharing plans, see General resources.
Draft water resource plan components for consultation
The WRP has built on existing water planning arrangements such as the statutory water sharing plans and consists of the main body WRP (Chapter 1-8), accompanying schedules (A-J), and appendices, boxes, figures and tables.
The key documents prepared as part of the Gwydir Surface WRP are listed below. For further information on changes to the water sharing plan rules in the Gwydir regulated and unregulated water sources see the fact sheets.
- Gwydir Surface Water Resource Plan
- Schedule A: Draft Water Sharing Plan for the Gwydir Regulated River Surface water source
A number of changes to water sharing rules are being proposed for the Water Sharing Plan for the Gwydir Surface Water sources which the department is keen to receive feedback on. See the fact sheet, Proposed amendments to the Water Sharing Plan for the Gwydir Regulated River 2016 to assist you in making informed comment.
There are few changes to water sharing rules being proposed for the Water Sharing Plan for the Gwydir Unregulated Rivers water sources which the department is keen to receive feedback on. See unregulated water sharing plan changes fact sheet above to assist you in making informed comment.
- Schedule B: Water Resource Plan index (included in WRP)
- Schedule C: Consultation report
- Schedule D: Risk assessment
The Gwydir Surface Water Risk Assessment has been prepared as a component of the WRP and identifies potential and emerging risks to water resources.
- Schedule E: Planning for environmental water (included the WRP)
- Schedule F: Water for consumptive use information (included the WRP)
- Schedule G: Incident response guide
The Gwydir Surface Water Incident Response Guide (IRG) has been prepared as a component of the WRP and outlines the approach for managing water during extreme water shortage or water quality events.
The Gwydir Surface Water Quality Management Plan has been prepared as a component of the WRP and identified risks to water quality and potential strategies to manage these.
- Schedule I: Information and tools used in preparing the WRP (included in WRP)
- Schedule J: Gwydir monitoring, reporting and evaluation plan
The Gwydir Surface Water Monitoring, Reporting and Evaluation Plan has been prepared as a component of the WRP, and its implementation will be key to evaluating the effectiveness of the WRP in the future and informing any future changes.
- Appendix A: Gwydir water resource plan area description
- Appendix B: Gwydir long term watering plan (below)
The NSW Office of Environment and Heritage has also recently exhibited the draft Gwydir Long Term Water Plan (LTWP) for stakeholder feedback. The Gwydir LTWP is part of the Gwydir Water Resource Plan package and has been developed to inform and guide water management and environmental water delivery. While submissions are now closed you can view the draft Gwydir Long Term Water Plan.