Draft Lachlan Alluvium Water Resource Plan - closed

Public exhibition of the Lachlan Alluvium Water Resource Plan (WRP) is now closed.

If you are running late with your submission, email lachlan.gw.wrp@dpi.nsw.gov.au 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 Lachlan Alluvium WRP is to set out how NSW will meet its obligations under the Murray-Darling Basin Plan 2012 in the Lachlan Alluvium 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 Lachlan Alluvium WRP applies to all groundwater in the following groundwater sustainable diversion limit resource units (SDL resource units) within the Lachlan Alluvium WRPA:

  • Lower Lachlan Alluvium (GS25)
  • Upper Lachlan Alluvium (GS44)
  • Belubula Alluvium (GS12)

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-I) and appendices, boxes, figures and tables. The key documents prepared as part of the Lachlan Alluvium WRP are listed below. For further information on changes to the water sharing plan rules in the Upper and Lower Lachlan and Belubula alluvial groundwater resources see the fact sheets below:

Public information sessions

Public information sessions were held on 23 October 2018 in Forbes, on 31 October 2018 in Hillston and on 1 November 2018 in Cowra.

Contact

For more information, email lachlan.gw.wrp@dpi.nsw.gov.au

Fact sheets

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–I), and appendices, boxes, figures and tables.

The key documents prepared as part of the WRP are listed below. For more information on changes to the water sharing plan rules see the fact sheets.

A number of changes to water sharing rules are being proposed for the Lachlan Alluvial groundwater sources which the department is keen to receive feedback on. See WSP rule changes fact sheet above to assist you in making informed comment.

The Lachlan Alluvium Risk Assessment has been prepared as a component of the WRP and identifies potential and emerging risks to water resources.

The Lachlan Alluvium 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 Lachlan Alluvium 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.

The Lachlan Alluvium 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.