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Macquarie–Castlereagh Alluvium water resource plan

This water resource plan is the prevailing management plan for the groundwater resources in the Macquarie–­Castlereagh Alluvium water resource plan (WRP) area.

The plan was accredited by the Australian Government Minister as being consistent with the Basin Plan and commenced on 24 December 2022. The Minister’s decision instrument and the explanatory statement are available on the Federal Register of Legislation.

Key documents informing the recommendation decision are set out below.

Related information

View the list of all state water resource plans.

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Recommendation documents
MDBA’s Letter to the Minister for the Environment and Water
The Authority’s recommendation on the proposed Macquarie–Castlereagh Alluvium water resource plan
MDBA’s Assessment of the proposed Macquarie–Castlereagh Alluvium water resource plan
Murray Lower Darling Rivers Indigenous Nations advice on the Macquarie–Castlereagh Alluvium water resource plan
Independent review of the assessment process for the Macquarie–Castlereagh Alluvium water resource plan
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The Macquarie–Castlereagh Alluvium water resource plan is made up of a number of documents. The key document is the Macquarie–Castlereagh Alluvium water resource plan.

The accredited versions of these documents are available below.

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Key documents
Macquarie–Castlereagh Alluvium proposed Water Resource Plan
Schedule A: Water Sharing Plan for the Macquarie–Castlereagh Groundwater Sources 2020
Schedule B: Macquarie–Castlereagh Alluvium Water Resource Plan Index – appears in WRP on page 101
Schedule C: Macquarie–Castlereagh Alluvium Water Resource Plan Consultation Report
Schedule D: Macquarie–Castlereagh Alluvium Risk Assessment
Schedule E: Macquarie–Castlereagh Alluvium Incident Response Guide
Schedule F: Macquarie–Castlereagh Alluvium Water Quality Management Plan
Schedule G: Information and methods used in preparing WRP – appears in WRP on page 110
Schedule H: New South Wales Groundwater Environmental Monitoring, Evaluation and Reporting Plan
Schedule I: Information relating to take for consumptive use – appears in WRP on page 114
Appendix A: Macquarie–Castlereagh Alluvium Water Resource Plan – Groundwater Resource Description
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Consultation reports – Attachments to Schedule C

If you would like to request a copy of one of these reports please contact the MDBA.

Appendix A – Culturally Appropriate First Nations Consultation Report with Wailwan Nation
Appendix B – Culturally Appropriate First Nations Consultation with Wiradjuri Nation – Volume 2 of 3: Macquarie River Valley
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Relevant legislation
NSW Water Management Act 2000 No 92
Water Act 2007 (Cth)
Basin Plan 2012
Access Licence Dealing Principles Order 2004
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Supporting documents
Water Management Act 2000 No 92 as at 23 November 2012
Water Sharing Plan for the Lower Macquarie Groundwater Sources 2003 (version as at 23 November 2012)
Water Sharing Plan for the Lower Macquarie Groundwater Sources 2003 (version as at 1 January 2014)
Water Sharing Plan for the Macquarie Bogan Unregulated and Alluvial Water Sources 2012 (as at 23 November 2012)
Water Sharing Plan for the Macquarie Bogan Unregulated and Alluvial Water Sources 2012 (as at 8 July 2016)
Water Sharing Plan for the Castlereagh (below Binnaway) Unregulated and Alluvial Water Sources 2011 (as at 23 November 2012)
Water Sharing Plan for the Castlereagh (below Binnaway) Unregulated and Alluvial Water Sources 2011 (as at 16 September 2011)
Macquarie–Castlereagh long term water plan – Part A: Macquarie–Castlereagh catchment
Macquarie–Castlereagh long term water plan – Part B: Macquarie–Castlereagh planning units
Macquarie–Castlereagh long term water plan – Part A – Draft for exhibition
Macquarie–Castlereagh Long Term Water Plan – Part B – Draft for exhibition
New South Wales Water Strategy
A pathway to Cultural Flows in Australia
Cultural Flows – A guide for First Nations
Cultural Flows – A guide for water managers
Draft Regional Water Strategy – Macquarie–Castlereagh: Strategy