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

This is an informal compilation of the water sharing plan, including approved plan amendments. A link to the updated plan on the NSW legislation website will be provided once the plan is available under the 'in force' section of the website.

Darling Alluvial Groundwater Sources 2020 – Plan map (WSP054_V1)

Rule summary sheets

Compliance with water management principles (August 2022)

Outcomes of public exhibition (August 2022)

July, 2020 June, 2030
Barwon–Darling Unregulated River Water Source 2012
  • Status: In force (with two year extension)

Barwon–Darling Unregulated River Water Source 2012 – Plan map (WSP022_V2)

Rule summary sheets

Background Document (2012)
October, 2012 June, 2025
Intersecting Streams Unregulated River Water Sources 2011
  • Status: In force (with two year extension)

Intersecting Streams Unregulated River Water Sources 2011 – Plan Map (WSP046_V2)

Rule summary sheets

Background Document (2012)
November, 2011 June, 2024
North Western Unregulated and Fractured Rock Water Sources 2011
  • Status: In force (with two year extension)

North Western Unregulated and Fractured Rock Water Sources – Plan map (WSP043)

Rule summary sheets

Background Document (2011)
October, 2011 June, 2024 N/A
NSW Murray–Darling Basin Fractured Rock Groundwater Sources 2020
  • Status: In force

This is an informal compilation of the water sharing plan, including approved plan amendments. A link to the updated plan on the NSW legislation website will be provided once the plan is available under the ‘in force’ section of the website.

Murray Darling Basin Fractured Rock Groundwater Sources 2020 – Plan map (WSP012_V3)

Murray Darling Basin Fractured Rock Groundwater Sources 2020 – GDE Map (GDE024_V3)

Rule summary sheets

Compliance with Water Management Principles (December 2021)

Compliance with Water Management Principles (May 2022)

July, 2020 June, 2030
NSW Murray–Darling Basin Porous Rock Groundwater Sources 2020
  • Status: In force

Murray Darling Basin Porous Rock Groundwater Sources 2020 – Plan map (WSP013_V2)

Murray Darling Basin Porous Rock Groundwater Sources 2020 – GDE map (GDE023_V1)

Rule summary sheets July, 2020 June, 2030
NSW Great Artesian Basin Shallow Groundwater Sources 2020
  • Status: In force

NSW Great Artesian Basin Shallow Groundwater Sources 2020 – Plan map (WSP014_V3)

NSW Great Artesian Basin Shallow Groundwater Sources 2020 – GDE map (GDE022_V1)

Rule summary sheets July, 2020 June, 2030
NSW Great Artesian Basin Groundwater Sources 2020
  • Status: In force

NSW Great Artesian Basin Groundwater Sources 2020 – Plan map (WSP040_V2)

NSW Great Artesian Basin Groundwater Sources 2020 – GDE map (GDE025_V1)

Rule summary sheets

Background document (2020)
July, 2020 June, 2030
Lower Murray–Darling Unregulated River Water Source 2011
  • Status: In force (with two year extension)

Lower Murray-Darling Unregulated River Water Source 2011 – Plan map (WSP018_V2)

Rule summary sheets

Background Document (2011)
January, 2012 June, 2024