Macquarie–Castlereagh region

Macquarie River Rail Bridge in Dubbo, New South Wales. Image courtesy of Destination New South Wales.

The Macquarie–Castlereagh region lies west of the Great Dividing Range in central NSW and comprises the catchments of the Macquarie and Castlereagh Rivers which cover an area of around 92,000 km2.  The region is the traditional lands of the Gomeroi/Kamilaroi, Ngemba, Ngiyampaa, Wailwan and Wiradjuri Nations.

The water sharing plans that apply to the surface water and groundwater resources of the Macquarie–Castlereagh region are listed below.

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Water Sharing Plan (WSP) Supporting documentation Commence date Cease date Prior Water Sharing Plan and status
Macquarie-Castlereagh Alluvial Groundwater Sources 2020
  • Status: In force
Rule summary sheets
Background document 2020
July,  2020 June, 2030
Macquarie-Cudgegong Regulated Rivers Water Source 2016
  • Status: In force
N/A July, 2016 June, 2026 N/A
Macquarie-Bogan Unregulated Rivers Water Sources 2012
  • Status: In force
Background document 2012 October, 2012 June, 2023
Castlereagh Unregulated River Water Sources 2011
  • Status: In force
Background document (2016) October, 2011 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