Draft Macquarie-Castlereagh Surface Water Resource Plan - closed

Public exhibition of the Macquarie-Castlereagh Surface Water Resource Plan (WRP) is now closed.

The purpose of this draft plan

The purpose of the Macquarie Surface Water WRP is to set out how NSW will meet its obligations under the Murray-Darling Basin Plan 2012 in the Macquarie-Castlereagh 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

This plan covers all the surface water resources of the Macquarie and Castlereagh Valleys. 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 water 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 Mudgee and Narromine on the 4 and 5 November, 2018

Contact

For more information, email macquarie-castlereagh.sw.wrp@dpi.nsw.gov.au

Fact sheets

For general fact sheets about water sharing plans, see General resources

Additional information

Draft water resource plan components for consultation

The Macquarie-Castlereagh Surface Water Resource Plan 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.  You can read them by clicking on the links below. We have also prepared factsheets to help understand the development of the WRP.

A number of changes to water sharing rules are being proposed for the Water Sharing Plan for the Macquarie-Cudgegong Regulated Rivers Water Source which the department is keen to receive feedback on. See WSP rule changes fact sheet to assist you in making informed comment.

Minor changes to water sharing rules are being proposed for the Water Sharing Plan for the Macquarie-Bogan Unregulated Rivers Water sources which the department is keen to receive feedback on. See WSP rule changes fact sheet to assist you in making informed comment. An amended version of this plan was uploaded on 11 December 2018 to correct a minor omission in clause 81 and ensure no change to existing rules in this clause.

Minor changes to water sharing rules are being proposed for the Water Sharing Plan for the Castlereagh Unregulated River Water sources which the department is keen to receive feedback on. See WSP rule changes fact sheet to assist you in making informed comment.

Schedule B identifies the person responsible for implementation measures associated with each requirement in Chapter 10 of the Basin Plan.

A report on the consultation undertaken in the Macquarie-Castlereagh as part of the WRP process including the Aboriginal consultation.

The Macquarie-Castlereagh Surface Water Risk Assessment has been prepared as a component of the WRP and identifies potential and emerging risks to water resources.

Schedule E outlines how the objectives and outcomes in the WRP are aligned with objectives and outcomes in the Long-term water plan (LTWP) and basin wide environmental watering strategy (BWS). Also identifies water management actions and mechanisms that provide for environmental watering.

Schedule F overviews the water for consumptive use in the Macquarie-Castlereagh WRP area.

The Macquarie-Castlereagh 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 Macquarie-Castlereagh 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 lists the resources used to develop the WRP

The Macquarie-Castlereagh 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.

The water resource description provides a comprehensive overview of the Macquarie-Castlereagh water resource plan area.

The New South Wales Office of Environment and Heritage is also exhibiting the draft Macquarie-Castlereagh Long Term Water Plan (LTWP) to allow stakeholder feedback. The Macquarie-Castlereagh LTWP is part of the Macquarie-Castlereagh Water Resource Plan package and has been developed to inform and guide water management and environmental water delivery. You can view the draft Macquarie-Castlereagh Long Term Water Plan and provide feedback.

Appendix C demonstrates how the proposed changes to water sharing rules have resulted in no net reduction in the protection of PEW.