Draft replacement of the Hunter Unregulated and Alluvial Water Sharing Plan

Merriwa River at Vallences. Image courtesy of Anthony Belcher, WaterNSW.

Public exhibition of the draft replacement water sharing plan for the Hunter Unregulated and Alluvial Water Sources 2022 ran from Monday 17 January to Sunday 27 February 2022 and has now closed.

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

A summary of feedback will be used to develop an “outcomes of public exhibition" 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 hunterunreg.wsp@dpie.nsw.gov.au

The water sharing plan establishes rules for water management including the limit of the total volume of water that can be extracted from the unregulated and alluvial water sources in the Hunter region.

Water sharing plans are subject to review every 10 years under the Water Management Act 2000. The current water sharing plan for the Hunter unregulated and alluvial water sources area is nearing expiry and a draft replacement plan is being prepared.

The public exhibition period provided opportunities for water users, stakeholders and other interested parties to learn more about the proposed changes in the draft plan, and make a submission and comment on the draft.

The finalised replacement plan is proposed to take effect from 1 July 2022.

Stakeholders can still:

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

Public information sessions

Please note: Due to current COVID-19 restrictions and health and safety concerns, engagement activities included:

  • Webinars
  • Short one hour face to face sessions requested by the public at Scone and Tocal on 15 February 2022
  • one-on-one phone calls with a Coastal Water Planning team member.

Public information sessions

Please note: Due to current COVID-19 restrictions and health and safety concerns, engagement activities will include:

  • webinars
  • one-on-one phone calls with a Coastal Water Planning team member.
LocationDetails Register for event
Webinar General Information session
Tuesday, 1 February 2022
5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Watch the recorded presentation
Webinar

*Session on the management of water based on groundwater levels in the Baerami Creek, Bylong River, Dart Brook, Lower Goulburn River, Lower Wollombi Brook, Martindale Creek, Segenhoe, and Widden Brook catchments
Information session
Tuesday, 8 February 2022
2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Watch the recorded presentation
Webinar

 *Session on the management of tidal pools
Information session
Thursday, 10 February 2022
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Watch the recorded presentation