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Draft replacement Bega River Area Regulated, Unregulated and Alluvial Water Sharing Plan

Public exhibition of the replacement Water Sharing Plan for the Bega River Area Regulated, Unregulated and Alluvial Water Sources 2022 will run from Wednesday 13 July to Sunday 21 August 2022.

The water sharing plan establishes rules for water management including the limit of the total volume of water that can be extracted from the water sources in the Bega/Brogo and Murrah-Wallaga areas.

Water sharing plans are subject to review every 10 years under the Water Management Act 2000. The current water sharing plans for the Bega and Brogo Rivers Area Regulated Unregulated and Alluvial Water Sources (2011) and the Murrah-Wallaga Area Unregulated and Alluvial Water Sources (2010) will expire on 30 June 2023.

The public exhibition period provides opportunities for water users, stakeholders and other interested parties to learn more about proposed changes in the draft plan, and to make submissions and comment on the draft. Feedback and issues raised during the public exhibition phase will be considered when finalising the plan.

The finalised replacement plan is proposed to commence on or before 1 July 2023.

Stakeholders can:

  • Read the draft water sharing plan (PDF, 498.69 KB)

  • View a map (PDF, 3474.81 KB) of the water sharing plan area

  • Read supporting documentation including background documents, fact sheets, report cards and a risk assessment.

If you require assistance reading these documents, please contact 1300 081 047 or

Public information sessions

Stakeholders are invited to 'drop-in' at any time over the three-hour period to discuss any water issues with department staff, share local knowledge and provide feedback as part of the community consultation process.

A webinar information session devoted to the Bega River Area water sharing plan remake covering both the Bega/Brogo and Murrah-Wallaga areas is also available. It will be recorded and published on our website to view from Monday 8 August 2022.

Tuesday, 26 July 2022 10:00 am – 1:00 pm Bega Civic Centre Zingel Place, Bega NSW 2550 Registration not required. Wednesday, 27 July 2022 10:00 am – 1:00 pm Murrah-Wallaga Area Cobargo School of Arts Hall 20 Cobargo Bermagui Road, Registration not required. Webinar Thursday, 4 August 2022 11:30 am – 1:00 pm Register

In line with the department’s commitment to genuine, accessible and transparent engagement with community members, businesses and organisations, they will be offering two locally based, three-hour drop-in sessions, as part of the public exhibition period.

While these sessions will have a primary focus on the Bega River Area water sharing plan proposal, they also aim to give stakeholders the opportunity to access departmental staff, data and information, and take-home materials from the following teams, projects and government organisations:

  • DPE Water Planning - Bega River Area Water Sharing Plan

  • DPE Non-urban Water Metering Reform – Metering requirements

  • DPE Water Policy - Coastal Harvestable Rights Review

  • DPE Environment and Heritage

  • DPI Agriculture and Fisheries

  • Water NSW

  • Natural Resources Access Regulator (NRAR)

Make a submission

If you would like to make an online submission you can download the submission form (PDF, 287.23 KB) and return it by email at, or post to:

Bega River Area WSP Department of Planning and Environment – Water Suite 5/620 Macauley Street Albury NSW 2640

Submissions will be accepted until midnight Sunday, 21 August 2022.

NOTE: Comments were TRIALED - in the end it failed as humans will be humans and it turned into a pile of merde; only contributed to by just a handful who did little to add to the conversation of the issue at hand. Anyone who would like to contribute an opinion are encouraged to send in a Letter to the Editor where it might be considered for publication

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