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:
available water determinations
permanent trade rules
access arrangements, including rules to protect environmental flows
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.