Draft replacement of the Central Coast Water Sharing Plan

Wyong Weir

Public exhibition of the replacement Water Sharing Plan for the Central Coast Unregulated and Alluvial Water Sources 2021 commences on Monday, 30 November 2020 and will conclude on Sunday, 31 January 2021.

The water sharing plan establishes rules for water management including the limit of the total volume of water that can be extracted from the water sources in the Central Coast area.

Water sharing plans are subject to review every 10 years under the Water Management Act 2000. The current water sharing plan for the Central Coast area is nearing expiry and a draft replacement plan has been prepared.

The public exhibition period provides opportunities for water users, stakeholders and other interested parties to learn more about the proposed changes in the draft plan, and to make a submission and comment on the draft. Feedback and issues raised during the public exhibition phase will be considered when finalising the plan.

The finalised replacement plan is proposed to take effect from 1 July 2021.

Stakeholders are invited to:

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

Embargo on in-river dams: Ourimbah and Jilliby Jilliby creeks

Due to risks to environmental values, the draft plan proposes to prohibit approval of new in-river dams, in Jilliby Jilliby Creek and Ourimbah Creek water sources. The proposed prohibition  aligns with similar prohibitions that exist in the other surface water sources within the Central Coast area.

As an interim measure, and until such time as the proposed management arrangements are finalised, an embargo has been placed on any new applications for in-river dams in Jilliby Jilliby Creek and Ourimbah Creek water sources

Further details relating to the embargo are available at: Government Gazette of the State of New South Wales Number 323-Electricity and Water

Public information sessions

Please note: Due to COVID-19 engagement meetings will be held online.

Live webinarThursday 3, December 2020
Tuesday 8, December 2020

Watch the recorded presentation from webinar

To arrange a one-on-one phone call with a Coastal Water Planning team member to discuss the draft Central Coast water sharing plan, please email wsp.centralcoast@dpie.nsw.gov.au.

Make a submission

If you would like to make an online submission, please click on the 'Have your say' button below.

Have your say–online submission


Download the submission form and return it to us by:

Submission closing date

The closing date for receipt of submissions is Sunday, 31 January 2021.


Please note that all submissions will be published on the department’s website unless you let us know in your submission that you do not wish for the content to be released.

Please note that, regardless of a request for confidentiality, the department may be required by law to release copies of submissions to third parties in accordance with the Government Information (Public Access) Act 2009.