Border Rivers region

Macintyre River in Kwiambal National Park, New South Wales.

The Border Rivers region comprise the catchments of the Dumaresq, Severn, Macintyre and Barwon Rivers which drain from the Great Dividing Range between Inverell in far northern NSW and Warrenbayne in Southern Queensland. The catchment occupies an area of approximately 49,500 km2 of which approximately 24,500 km2 is situated within NSW. The Border Rivers flow through the traditional lands of the  Bigambul, Githabul, Kambuwal, Gomeroi/Kamilaroi, Kwiambul and Ngarabal Nations.

The water sharing plans that apply to the surface water and groundwater resources of the Border Rivers 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 Border Rivers Alluvial Groundwater Sources 2020
  • Status: In force
Rule summary sheets
Background document (2020)
June, 2020 June, 2030
NSW Border Rivers Regulated River Water Source 2009
  • Status: In force
    (with two year extension)
Background document (2009) July, 2009 June, 2021 N/A
NSW Border Rivers Unregulated River Water Sources 2020
  • Status: In force
Background document (2012) June, 2012 June, 2022
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