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 include any community, group or individual who could be interested or 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 continue to regularly create opportunities to hear from and meet with our stakeholders to build shared understanding, hear insights on water matters, and 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 datesDescription Have your say

26 September – 30 November

Reform of the Water Industry Competition Act

Reforms to the licensing of private water utilities were passed by Parliament in October 2021. The Water Industry Competition Amendment Act 2021 has not yet commenced, pending revision of the supporting regulation.

The department and IPART have now developed a new regulation for consultation. Read the Regulatory Impact Statement and read more about the consultation on the draft Water Industry Competition (General) Regulation 2022

Have your say

27 September – 13 October

Non-urban water metering update information sessions

Tuesday, 27 September 2022
10:00 am – 1:00 pm
Club Forbes
41-43 Templar Street, Forbes


Wednesday, 28 September 2022
10:00 am – 1:00 pm
Cootamundra Ex-Servicemen's & Citizens' Memorial Club
299 Parker Street, Cootamundra


Thursday, 29 September 2022
10:00 am – 1:00 pm
Club Tumut
24-30 Richmond Street, Tumut


Wagga Wagga
Friday, 30 September 2022
10:00 am – 1:00 pm
Rules Club Wagga Wagga
188 Fernleigh Road, Wagga Wagga

Thursday, 13 October 2022
10:00 am – 12:00 pm

29 September

Update on proposed temporary increase in commence to take threshold in the Upper Murrumbidgee River

Webinar – related to the Murrumbidgee I and II Water Sources


4 October

New Dungowan Dam and Pipeline Project

Webinar – construction and hydrology impacts


6 October

Proposed amendments to the Floodplain Management Plan for the Gwydir Valley Floodplain Management Plan 2016

The Department is seeking stakeholder views on proposed amendments to the Floodplain Management Plan for the Gwydir Valley Floodplain Management Plan 2016.

Online information session
Thursday, 6 October 2022
5:00 pm – 6:00 pm.

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

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