Stakeholder engagement

Water is one of our most valuable natural assets. We have a responsibility to the people of NSW to ensure we manage water equitably and transparently now and into the future. Our stakeholders are those groups and individuals who could be affected by our activities.

We recognise that the most effective way to successfully manage water is by collaborating with our stakeholders and the greater community. Our Community Engagement Policy describes how we will complete this engagement.

We will regularly meet with our stakeholders on key projects, and provide opportunities for stakeholders and the broader public to provide input on policies, plans, and other relevant documents.

An overview of our upcoming meetings, exhibitions, and other public engagement activities is provided below.

Consultations and information events

Key dates Description Have your say or register
2 February –
5 March
The department is seeking feedback from licence holders in areas that are most likely to exceed groundwater extraction limits in 2020-21.

Details of presentations, public meetings, and registration information is available online.
Register for public meetings
8 February –
18 April
Public exhibition of the Review of Coastal Harvestable Rights.

Public meetings will be held at the following locations:
  • Bega: 25 February, 2 pm – 6 pm
  • Coffs Harbour: 3 March, 2 pm – 6 pm
  • Grafton: 4 March, 9 am – 11:30 am
Two webinars: 1 and 4 March
Register for public meetings

Register for the live webinar
12 February –
12 March
Public exhibition period of draft rules for floodplain harvesting licences in the water sharing plans for Gwydir valley. Submit your feedback
15 February –
28 March
A draft of the NSW Water Strategy is now on public exhibition. The public can have your say and attend a public information webinar.

  • 25 February at 10am – 11.30am
  • 15 March at 10am – 11.30am
Have your say

Register for the live webinar 
18 February –
29 March
5th year review of 10 southern floodplain management plansMake a submission
22 February – 10 March Measurement and metering roadshow for floodplain harvesting and non-urban water metering. Register to attend an event
3 March – 14 April Regional Water Strategies on public exhibition:
Have your say
Please note: Due to COVID-19 some engagement meetings will be held online.

Note: The department seeks to update this table regularly. Changes to events or public exhibitions can take place and some of the details in the table may be out of date.


Media releases

Visit the Water - News section for the latest news and media releases.

Past engagement

Contact us

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