Draft amendment to the Darling Alluvial Groundwater Sources Water Sharing Plan

Aerial view of riverine fluvial landforms in semi-arid pastoral land on the alluvial floodplain soils associated with the Murray-Darling river system.

Change proposed to the Darling Alluvial Groundwater Sources Water Sharing Plan

Public comment on the proposed change to the Water Sharing Plan for the Darling Alluvial Groundwater Sources 2020 ran from Tuesday  1 March to Sunday 10 April, 2022.

Feedback submitted by members of the community will now be considered by the department.

A summary of feedback will be used to develop and publish a 'what we heard' document.

Submissions will be published on the website, in accordance with the department’s privacy policy.

If you have any questions, you can email the project team on darling.gw.wrp@dpie.nsw.gov.au.

The water sharing plan establishes rules for water management including prohibiting water take by aquifer access licences in the Lower Darling Groundwater Source under certain conditions.

During the submission period the department sought stakeholder views on removing a rule that prohibited most licence holders taking water from the Lower Darling Alluvial Groundwater Source unless water was used to irrigate perennial plantings.

Under the legislation the Minister responsible for Water can change water sharing rules within the life of a plan if the changes are:

  • in the public interest
  • required under the Commonwealth Water Act 2009
  • required to give effect to a NSW Land and Environment Court decision or
  • the water sharing plan allows amendment to those rules.

The public consultation period will provided opportunities for water users, stakeholders and other interested parties to learn more about the proposed change to the water sharing plan, and to make a submission and comment on the proposed change.

If the change is supported, it will take effect from when the associated amendment order is published on the NSW legislation website.

Stakeholders can still:

If you require assistance reading these documents, please contact 1300 081 047 or water.enquiries@dpie.nsw.gov.au.