Draft Namoi Surface Water Resource Plan

The draft Water Resource Plan, and proposed changes to the existing Water Sharing Plans, were on public exhibition from Thursday 26 September 2019 until Wednesday 20 November 2019.

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

The fact sheet below outlines the main proposed changes.

Final draft Water Sharing Plan

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 the public exhibition and the final draft can be seen in the track-changes versions below (All changes may not be immediately visible due to template updates).

  • Track change Water Sharing Plan for the Upper Namoi and Lower Namoi Regulated River Water Sources 2020
  • Track change Water Sharing Plan for the Namoi  and Peel Unregulated Rivers Water Sources 2012
  • Track change Water Sharing Plan for the Peel Regulated River Water Source 2020

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

The Natural Resource Commission's review

The Natural resource Commission’s review of the Water Sharing Plan for the Peel Regulated, Unregulated, Alluvium and Fractured Rock water sources 2010 is underway. Recommendations for change to the Water Sharing Plan will be reviewed by the department.

Draft Water Resource Plan

The draft Namoi Surface Water Resource Plan and the resulting proposed changes to the existing water sharing plans was on public exhibition from Thursday 26 September 2019 until Wednesday 20 November 2019.

Water Sharing Plans continue to be the legal instruments 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 Murray Darling Basin Plan in the Namoi 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’s 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:

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

Public information sessions

Public information sessions were held at:

  • Tamworth, 23 October 2019
  • Narrabri, 4 November 2019
  • Gunnedah, 5 November 2019
  • Wee Waa, 15 November 2019

Download a presentation from the information sessions:

For more information please email to water.relations@dpi.nsw.gov.au.

Draft Namoi Surface Water Resource Plan

The Water Resource Plan (WRP) builds on existing water planning arrangements such as the statutory Water Sharing Plans and consists of the main body WRP with accompanying schedules and appendices.

What areas and water sources does the plan cover?

The draft Namoi Surface Water Resource Plan covers all surface water resources of the Namoi and Peel valleys. 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 and floodplain water harvesting. Groundwater in the area is not included, and will be covered by the Namoi Alluvium WRP.

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.

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