NSW releases 20-year water strategy




The NSW Government has developed the NSW Water Strategy a 20-year, state-wide strategy to improve the security, reliability and quality of the state’s water resources over the coming decades.


The NSW Water Strategy addresses key challenges and opportunities for water management and service delivery across the state and set the strategic direction for the NSW water sector over the long-term.

The strategy will:

  • guide water service delivery and resource management across NSW

  • build on the progress made from previous reforms and set the direction to keep improving

  • identify key challenges, opportunities, strategic priorities and actions for the whole of NSW

  • clearly articulate the water resource management and service delivery framework and policy context for NSW, including how the Murray-Darling Basin Plan and state-wide, regional, metropolitan and local strategic water policy and planning frameworks work together.

The NSW Water Strategy is part of a suite of long-term water strategies including 12 regional and two metropolitan water strategies which set out the approach to maintaining and building the resilience of the state’s water resources, including in response to climate variability and change.


Further information is available here.

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