Draft Murrumbidgee Surface Water Resource Plan

The draft Water Resource Plan, and proposed changes to the existing Water Sharing Plans, were on public exhibition from 5 June to 14 July 2019.

The public exhibition period provided valuable feedback that helped develop and inform proposed changes to the Murrumbidgee Water Resource Plan, and associated Water Sharing Plan.

The fact sheet below outlines the main proposed changes.

Final draft Water Sharing Plans

Please note: Plans may incur minor changes following final legal review and all changes are subject to concurrence from the NSW Minister for Energy and the Environment.


The changes between public exhibition and the final draft can be seen in this track-changes document available below (All changes may not be immediately visible due to template updates)

For more information please email murrumbidgee.sw.wrp@dpi.nsw.gov.au

Draft Water Resource Plan

The draft Murrumbidgee Surface Water Resource Plan, and the resulting proposed changes to the existing Water Sharing Plans, were on public exhibition from  5 June to 14 July 2019.

Water sharing plans continue to be the legal instrument for managing water resources in NSW. Water resource plans are put in place to implement the Commonwealth Basin Plan 2012.


The Water Resource Plan outlines how New South Wales will meet the requirements of the Basin Plan in the Murrumbidgee Surface Water Resource Plan Area. A Water Resource Plan 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 Commonwealth Water Act 2007.

What changes have been proposed to the existing water sharing plans?

You can find out more about the proposed changes on the fact sheets below, and by attending a public information session.

If you require assistance in reading these documents, please contact +61 2 9338 6600 or water.relations@dpi.nsw.gov.au

Public information session

Public information sessions were held at:

  • Wagga Wagga, 17 June 2019
  • Jerilderie, 18 June 2019
  • Griffith, 18 June 2019
  • Hay, 19 June 2019

Download the presentation from the public information sessions. For more information please email water.relations@dpi.nsw.gov.au

Draft Murrumbidgee Surface Water Resource Plan

The water resource plan builds on existing water planning arrangements such as the statutory water sharing plans and consists of the main body water resource plan with  The Murrumbidgee surface water resource plan covers all the surface water resources of the Murrumbidgee Valley. It includes the regulated river systems, unregulated rivers flowing into the regulated river systems, unregulated effluent creeks flowing out of the regulated river system on the plains, and water captured through farm dams. The Murrumbidgee Regulated River Water Source comprises water between the banks of the Murrumbidgee River, from Burrinjuck Dam and Blowering Dam downstream to the confluence of the Murray River. It also includes the Lowbidgee and Yanco Creek, Colombo Creek and lower sections of Billabong Creek. The water sources of the Murrumbidgee unregulated rivers cover all surface water sources in the Murrumbidgee catchment excluding the regulated Murrumbidgee River.

Areas and water sources the plan covers

The water resource plan builds on existing water planning arrangements such as the statutory water sharing plans and consists of the main body water resource plan with  The Murrumbidgee surface water resource plan covers all the surface water resources of the Murrumbidgee Valley. It includes the regulated river systems, unregulated rivers flowing into the regulated river systems, unregulated effluent creeks flowing out of the regulated river system onto the plains, and water captured through farm dams. The Murrumbidgee Regulated River Water Source comprises water between the banks of the Murrumbidgee River, from Burrinjuck Dam and Blowering Dam downstream to the confluence of the Murray River. It also includes the Lowbidgee and Yanco Creek, Colombo Creek and lower sections of Billabong Creek. The water sources of the Murrumbidgee unregulated rivers cover all surface water sources in the Murrumbidgee catchment excluding the regulated Murrumbidgee River.

What is the status of other water resource plans?

If you would like to have more information on the status of other water resource plans and the current plans on public exhibition and their information sessions visit stakeholder engagement.