Exhibition period for draft Water Sharing Plan extended

The weir on Wyong River Photo: Peter Hansen, NSW DPIE-Water

The exhibition period for the draft Water Sharing Plan for the Central Coast Unregulated and Alluvial Water Sources has been extended to Sunday, February 14.

This draft Central Coast water sharing plan covers Wyong River and its tributaries as well as unregulated rivers and alluvium from Tuggerah Lakes south to the Hawkesbury River.

The plan is being prepared by the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment (DPIE).

Acting Director, Coastal and Groundwater Planning, Tracey Brownbill, said the exhibition period was extended by two weeks to ensure that all interested stakeholders could review the draft.

“During the first exhibition phase, some stakeholders indicated that they wanted more time to review the plan before making comment,” she said.

“We have listened to the requests and extended the closing date to allow people the time they need to have their say.

“A number of public information sessions have already been held to outline the draft plan and to answer questions from water users and community members.”

Brownbill said the aim of this water sharing plan was to protect the environment, manage water extraction and facilitate water trading.

“Unregulated rivers play an important role in providing long term securing for local farming, industries, towns and the environment,” she said.

“Once finalised, the water sharing plan will be in place for 10 years, providing security for both water users and the environment in the Central Coast region.”

Media release, Jan 29
NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment