Draft Lachlan Alluvium Water Resource Plan

The NSW Government has placed the Lachlan Alluvium Water Resource Plan (WRP) on public exhibition until Tuesday 6 November 2018 and is currently inviting feedback from the public.

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.

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:

Draft Water Resource Plan components for consultation

Read or download the main body WRP, schedules and appendices below for full details of the components.

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.

Make a submission

You are invited to make a submission on the draft Lachlan Alluvium Water Resource Plan until Tuesday 6 November 2018. All submissions will be considered when finalising the plan.

Have your say

Submissions close at 5 pm on Tuesday 6 November 2018.

Further information can also be obtained via email

Attend a public information session

The Department of Industry will provide stakeholders the opportunity to attend information sessions to find out more about the WRP, its schedules and the submission process.

The following sessions are scheduled for public exhibition of the Lachlan Alluvium Water Resource Plan. If you would like to discuss the draft Lachlan Alluvium WRP in more detail, or if you would like to confirm your attendance at the public meeting please email: lachlan.gw.wrp@dpi.nsw.gov.au.

ForbesTuesday 23 October 2018 
4 pm – 6 pm 
Forbes Services Memorial Club
41-43 Templar Street, Forbes, NSW 2871
HillstonWednesday 31 October 2018 
4 pm – 6 pm
Hillston Ex-Servicemen’s & Citizens Club
High St, Hillston, NSW 2675
CowraThursday 1 November 2018 
4 pm – 6 pm 
Cowra Services Club
101 Brisbane St, Cowra, NSW 2794