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Floodplain harvesting: NSW Border Rivers

The NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment is seeking feedback on proposed rules for floodplain harvesting water licences.
Aerial image of a river in NSW
Aerial image of a river in NSW

What’s this about?

Floodplain harvesting is an important source of water for industry, particularly in the northern Basin areas of NSW. Bringing floodplain harvesting into the regulatory framework will ensure that the volume of water harvested remains within legal limits. These limits are specified in NSW’s water sharing plans and the Commonwealth’s Basin Plan. They aim to improve environmental, cultural and downstream connectivity outcomes.

The five key rules that we are seeking your feedback on are: 

  • account management

  • available water determinations

  • permanent trade rules

  • access arrangements, including rules to protect environmental flows

  • amendment provisions. 

Learn more about the proposed rules for the NSW Border Rivers valley by reading the NSW Border Rivers: Floodplain harvesting in water sharing plans report to assist with community consultation.

Have your say

Stakeholder and community input is an important part of transparent and inclusive water management and DPIE is committed to ensuring the community has their say.  

A public webinar was held on 20 October 2020. It explained the proposed rules and gave participants the opportunity to have questions answered by departmental staff. The recording will be made available on the website in early November 2020.

DPIE is directly consulting with stakeholders who are known to have an interest in issues associated with floodplain harvesting. These sessions will be by invitation only. 

Have your say by midnight Monday 30 November 2020.  


20 October 2020 to 30 November 2020

Community meetings

Inverell RSM Club

10 November 2020 to 10 November 2020
1:00pm to 4:00pm

Address: 68-76 Evans Street, Inverell

Register to participate

TAB Boggabilla Town & Country Club

11 November 2020 to 11 November 2020
1:00pm to 4:00pm

Address: 94 Yeoman Street, Boggabilla

Register to partcipate

Consultation period

From:20 October 2020
To:30 November 2020

See consultation methods

More information

Email: Project team
Phone: +61 2 9338 6600
Agency Website
Consultation Website

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