Draft Murrumbidgee Alluvium Water Resource Plan - closed

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

The purpose of this draft plan

The purpose of the Murrumbidgee Alluvium WRP is to set out how NSW will meet its obligations under the Murray–Darling Basin Plan 2012 in the Murrumbidgee 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 Murrumbidgee Alluvium Water Resource Plan area is located within the Murrumbidgee catchment that forms part of the Murray–Darling Basin in southern NSW. The Murrumbidgee catchment covers about 84,000 km² and represents about 8% of the Murray–Darling Basin.

The groundwater resources of the Murrumbidgee alluvium include the main alluvial deposits associated with the Murrumbidgee River, including its tributaries and anabranches from the Jugiong area at its eastern extent to Balranald at its western extremity. They also include the alluvial deposits of the internally draining Lake George catchment that occur to the south of Lake George.

This plan applies to all groundwater in the following groundwater sustainable diversion limit resource units (SDL resource units) within the Murrumbidgee Alluvium WRPA:

  • Lake George Alluvium (GS21)
  • Mid-Murrumbidgee Alluvium (GS31)
  • Lower Murrumbidgee Alluvium Shallow (GS28a)
  • Lower Murrumbidgee Alluvium Deep (GS28b).

Public information sessions

Public information sessions were held on 28 November 2018 in Darlington Point and on 29 November 2018 in Wagga Wagga.


For more information, email murrumbidgee.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.