Draft NSW Murray and Lower Darling Surface Water Resource Plan

The draft Water Resource Plan, and proposed changes to the existing Water Sharing Plans, were on public exhibition from 4 September to 25 October 2019.

The public exhibition period provided valuable feedback that helped develop and inform proposed changes to the NSW Murray and Lower Darling Water Resource Plan, and associated Water Sharing Plans.

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

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

Draft Water Resource Plan

The draft NSW Murray and Lower Darling Surface Water Resource Plan and the resulting proposed changes to the existing water sharing plans was on public exhibition from Wednesday 4 September 2019 until Friday 25 October 2019 (extended exhibition for Lower Darling).

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 NSW Murray and Lower Darling 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:

  • Corowa, 17 September 2019
  • Deniliquin, 18 September 2019
  • Barham, 18 September 2019
  • Dareton, 19 September 2019

Download the presentation from the public information sessions.

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

Draft NSW Murray and Lower Darling 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 Water Resource Plan document and the accompanying schedules and appendices.

What areas and water sources does the plan cover?

The NSW Murray and Lower Darling Water Resource Plan covers all the surface water sources within the NSW Murray and Lower Darling water resource plan area.

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 Murray Alluvium Water Resource Plan and the Darling Alluvium Water Resource Plan.

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.