Draft replacement Water Sharing Plan for the Richmond River Area Unregulated, Regulated and Alluvial Water Sources

Richmond River near Woodburn. Image courtesy of Chris Rumpf.

Public exhibition of the replacement Water Sharing Plan for the Richmond River Area Unregulated, Regulated and Alluvial Water Sources 2023 will run from Thursday, 20 October to Sunday, 18 December 2022.

Important note regarding 2022 flooding impacts and the timing of this public exhibition:

The Richmond River community has been devastated by the recent catastrophic floods. However, there is a legal requirement to replace the water sharing plan. In recognition of current community priorities, we are limiting changes proposed in the draft water sharing plan to state-wide policy updates and minor plan improvements. At this time we are not making changes to the water sharing plan rules that relate to specific individual water access such as the flow classes, cease to pump and commence to pump rules. An amendment provision will be included in the plan to enable consultation on these types of access rules within the first 5 years of the plan.

The public exhibition period has also been extended to 60 days to provide additional opportunity for those who wish to make a submission.

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 Richmond River Area Unregulated, Regulated and Alluvial water sharing plan area.

Water sharing plans are subject to review every 10 years under the Water Management Act 2000. The current water sharing plan for the Richmond River Area Unregulated, Regulated and Alluvial Water Sources 2010 will expire on 30 June 2023.

The public exhibition period provides opportunities for water users, stakeholders and other interested parties to learn more about proposed changes in the draft plan, and to make submissions 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 commence on or before 1 July 2023.

Stakeholders can:

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

Public information sessions

The meetings will be drop in style, where you are welcome to come anytime during the session. There will be no formal presentation, instead we will have planners on hand to answer all your questions and provide information.

LocationDetails Event registration
Webinar Wednesday, 9 November
5:00 pm – 6:30 pm
Watch the recorded webinar
Kyogle Monday, 14 November 2022
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Kyogle Golf club
102 Summerland Way,
Newpark, NSW 2474
Session has concluded
Casino Wednesday, 16 November
10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Casino Returned Servicemen’s Memorial (RSM) Club
162 Canterbury St,
Casino, NSW 2470
Session has concluded
Wollongbar Thursday, 17 November
10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Department of Primary Industries office,
1243 Bruxner Highway,
Wollongbar, NSW 2477
Session has concluded
Ballina Friday, 18 November
10:00 am – 1:00 pm
Ballina RSL Club
1 Grant Street,
Ballina, NSW 2478
Session has concluded
Other opportunities
One-on-one If you are unable to attend one of the above sessions, Department of Planning and Environment–Water staff will be available for one on one phone or video calls from the 21 November to 2 December 2022. Please register your interest for one of these sessions. Register for one-on-one

Make a submission

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

Have your say

Alternatively, you can download the submission form and return it to us by email at richmondriverarea.wsp@dpie.nsw.gov.au, or post to:

Richmond River Area WSP
Department of Planning and Environment – Water
PO Box 1226
Newcastle, NSW 2300

Submissions will be accepted until midnight Sunday, 18 December 2022.


We respect your right to privacy. Before lodging your submission you will be asked to confirm that you have read our privacy statement. If you do not wish to have your name, or other identifying information, published in this submission process you must:

  • request your name be withheld from the list of submitters by ticking the relevant box in the submission form
  • not include any of your personal information in your submission or attachments.

When you make a submission we will publish:

  • the content of your submission and any attachments, including any personal information which you have chosen to include in these documents
  • a list of submitters, which will include your name (unless you request your name be withheld from the list by ticking the relevant box below) and your suburb or town.