Barwon, Darling and West region

Darling River near Wilcannia in New South Wales.

The Barwon, Darling and West region covers a large area of western NSW. Major tributaries to the Barwon–Darling River system include the Intersecting Streams, Border Rivers, Gwydir, Namoi, Castlereagh, and Macquarie rivers. All enter the Barwon–Darling River upstream of the township of Bourke. Downstream of Bourke and further west, the Paroo and Warrego rivers contribute intermittent flows but can provide significant volumes during flood events, raising the duration of high flow events in the Barwon–Darling River.

The region is located within the traditional lands of the Barkandji, Barapa Barapa Budjiti, Euahlayi, Gomeroi/Kamilaroi, Guwamu/Kooma Kunja, Maljangapa, Maraura, Murrawarri, Muthi Muthi, Ngemba, Ngiyampaa, Tati Tati, Wadi Wadi, Weki Weki, Wemba Wemba, Wiradjuri and Yorta Yorta Nations.

The water sharing plans that apply to the surface water and groundwater resources of the Barwon, Darling and West region are listed below.

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Water Sharing Plan (WSP) Supporting documentation Commence date Cease date Prior Water Sharing Plan and status
NSW Murray and Lower Darling Regulated Rivers Water Sources 2016
  • Status: In force
N/A July, 2016 June, 2026 N/A
Darling Alluvial Groundwater Sources 2020
  • Status: In force
Rule summary sheets
Background document 2020
July, 2020 June, 2030
Barwon–Darling Unregulated River Water Source 2012
  • Status: In force
  October, 2012 June, 2023
Intersecting Streams Unregulated River Water Sources 2011
  • Status: In force
Background document (2012) November, 2011 June, 2022
North Western Unregulated and Fractured Rock Water Sources 2011
  • Status: In force
Rule summary sheets
Background document (2011)
October, 2011 June, 2022 N/A
NSW Murray–Darling Basin Fractured Rock Groundwater Sources 2020
  • Status: In force
Rule summary sheets
Background document 2020
July, 2020 June, 2030
NSW Murray–Darling Basin Porous Rock Groundwater Sources 2020
  • Status: In force
Rule summary sheets
Background document 2020
July, 2020 June, 2030
NSW Great Artesian Basin Shallow Groundwater Sources 2020
  • Status: In force
Rule summary sheets
Background document 2020
July, 2020 June, 2030
NSW Great Artesian Basin Groundwater Sources 2020
  • Status: In force
Rule summary sheets
Background document 2020
Outcome of public exhibition fact sheet
July, 2020 June, 2030
Lower Murray–Darling Unregulated River Water Source 2011
  • Status: In force
Rule summary sheets
Background document 2011
January, 2012 June, 2022