Community feedback called as Murrumbidgee Water Resource Plan released

Murrumbidgee communities are being asked to provide their feedback to the draft Murrumbidgee Surface Water Resource Plan currently on public exhibition.

NSW Department of Industry – Water, Executive Director, Rachel Connell, said the draft water resource plan represents two years of work to develop guidelines on how water will be managed as part of the Murray-Darling Basin Plan.

“The NSW Government is committed to balancing the needs of farmers, irrigators, the community, and the environment. We’ve worked closely with Murrumbidgee valley communities to determine how to manage water sustainably now and into the future.

“This draft plan reflects current water sharing plan arrangements that are working, and includes new arrangements to strengthen water management. Before the plan is finalised, we want to make sure we have heard the community’s feedback,” Ms Connell said.

Community information sessions will be held from 4-6pm on 17 June 2019 at the Commercial Club in Wagga Wagga; from 10am-12pm on 18 June 2019 at the Civic Hall in Jerilderie; from 4-6pm on 18 June 2019 at the Ex Servicemen’s Club in Griffith; and from 11am-1pm on 19 June 2019 at the Hay Services Club.

Water resource plans set out the rules for managing water at a valley level and include limits on how much water can be taken from the system, how much water will be made available to the environment, and set water quality standards.

This is one of 20 water resource plans the Government is releasing for public exhibition in the NSW part of the Murray Darling Basin.

Source: NSW Government