Today the NSW Government launched the NSW Water Strategy. This is an important milestone for the water sector, our first 20-year water strategy for all of the state. This is a strategy for the long-term, underpinned by cutting-edge data and modelling and looking at smart, innovative solutions to ensure our water supply is safe, reliable and sustainable, now and for future generations.
Along with the release of the final strategy the implementation plan provides clear actions on what needs to be done in delivering the NSW Water Strategy over the next year. The key actions over the next 12 months include:
- build community confidence through access to better information about water and engagement opportunities
- reduce water risks for regional towns and in our cities with a statewide water efficiency program, support for new options like water recycling, and access to modelling data to assist with planning and investment decisions
- strengthen the role of Aboriginal people in water management and, with them, develop the first NSW Aboriginal Water Strategy and take action to improve access to and ownership of water for cultural and economic purposes, supporting the Closing the Gap National Agreement
- protect water resources and ecosystems with improved data and modelling about climate variability and risk
- support the NSW economy by investigating options to increase water productivity within a capped system and diversify access to rainfall independent water supply such as reuse and recycling.
Thank you to everyone who provided input on the draft NSW Water Strategy during the consultation period earlier this year. We received around 130 submissions which are published on our website. All feedback was considered when finalising the strategy.
The department will report publicly on progress against the actions in the implementation plan and update it annually.
To find out more:
Go to our website and read more about the feedback we received during the public consultation on the draft strategy
Go to our website to learn more and read the final strategy and the implementation plan.
Department of Planning, Industry & Environment, Parramatta Square, 12 Darcy Street, Parramatta, NSW 2150, Australia