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Northern Basin first flush review

NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment is seeking feedback on an independent review of the Northern Rivers first flush event.
NSW-Darling-River

What’s this about?


In mid-January to early February 2020, after record drought conditions, the NSW Government put in place water restrictions to manage the first major water flows after rain fell across the northern Murray-Darling Basin. 

It was the first time NSW managed a first flush event in this way. An independent panel is seeking community feedback on the first flush event and how it was managed.

The panel will make recommendations to improve management of future first flush events, including:

  • the communication of water restrictions to water users and the public
  • decision-making processes, including matters considered when applying the public interest test
  • how prepared the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment — Water, WaterNSW and the Natural Resources Access Regulator were to manage the event.

Have your say


Feedback for the Northern Basin first flush review can be made online.

Have Your Say by Sunday 7 June 2020.

Online consultation

13 May 2020 to 7 June 2020
9:00am to 11:59pm

feedback form

Consultation period

From:13 May 2020
To:7 June 2020

See consultation methods

More information

Email: Project team
Phone: 02 9338 6600
Agency Website
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