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 was held from Thursday, 20 October to Sunday, 18 December 2022 and has now closed.

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 extended to 60 days to provide additional opportunity for those who wished 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 will commence on or before 1 July 2023.

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

Engagement activities included webinars and face-to-face information sessions.

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. Session has concluded