Outcomes of public exhibition

Access to water from the Lower Darling Alluvial Groundwater Source is managed under the Water Sharing Plan for the Darling Alluvial Groundwater Sources 2020.

The NSW Department of Planning and Environment proposed to remove a rule from the plan that banned most aquifer access licence holders from taking water from the Lower Darling Alluvial Groundwater Source unless they used the water for irrigating perennial horticulture, such as vineyards or orchards. Removing the rule would allow licence holders to take water for any purpose during periods of low surface water availability.

We sought public comment on the proposed amendment from 1 March 2022 to 10 April 2022 to understand how the change may impact stakeholders in the Lower Darling and to gauge the level of support for the amendment.

The public exhibition period provided valuable feedback that helped develop and inform changes to the Water Sharing Plan for the Darling Alluvial Groundwater Sources 2020.

The NSW Department of Planning and Environment has reviewed all submissions received during the public exhibition period. The following respondents agreed to have their submissions published on this website. Note that not all respondents elected to have their submissions published.

The views expressed in the submissions are the views of the respondents. While the department seeks to ensure that offensive material is not published, the department is not responsible for the views expressed in the submissions.

A fact sheet titled 'What We Heard’ (PDF, 74.56 KB) has been prepared post the consultation to capture key areas of feedback and provide transparency around how the issues that were raised have been addressed.