The first of five planned high-flow environmental water releases during winter and spring to the Snowy River is set to commence in late June 2019, NSW Department of Industry Director Water Analytics, Danielle Baker, said.
The NSW Government has commenced public exhibition of the draft floodplain harvesting monitoring and auditing strategy and announced community meetings in Moree, Narrabri, Narromine, Bourke and Sydney next week.
The Natural Resources Access Regulator (NRAR) has fined four landowners in October 2018 for illegal earthworks near NSW waterways and is keen to get the message out – you must have controlled activity approval before digging near waterways.
Further consultation on the Basin Plan neutrality test criteria will be offered to Basin communities unhappy with the process run by the Department of Agriculture.
People living in the Murray-Darling Basin are being asked to have their say on a social and economic impact test which will govern water recovery in the Basin.
Outback communities will have further opportunities to have their say about the future of the Great Artesian Basin with consultation on a Strategic Management Plan extended until 9 November 2018.
The draft Cape York water plan must be revamped to encourage more agricultural development balanced with the protection of the unique environmental and cultural values of the region, AgForce said.