The NSW Government is calling on the community to have their say on the first Regional Water Strategy for the Macquarie-Castlereagh region.
Member for the Dubbo electorate Dugald Saunders said this consultation period is an opportunity for residents, farmers, businesses and councils to have their say on how water is managed across the two regions in the future to improve water security, resilience and reliability.
“This strategy is about ensuring water security for the region over the next 20 to 40 years to support our local economy, communities and environment and who better to help us refine this than the people who live and work here,” he said.
“The Macquarie-Castlereagh region has always had a variable climate but is especially vulnerable to drought.
“The ongoing dry periods since 2000 have placed great stress on river habitats and ecosystems in many parts of the Macquarie-Castlereagh valley and on our towns and farmers.
“These strategies will help us address the challenges our region may face in the future and help build drought resilience of communities, industry and the environment.”
The draft Macquarie-Castlereagh Regional Water Strategy will be on display from 25 September to 13 November and stakeholders and the wider community will have a number of opportunities to attend online information sessions and provide their feedback.
To view the draft Regional Water Strategies and for information on additional engagement sessions visit www.dpie.nsw.gov.au/macquarie-castlereagh-regional-water-strategy