The NSW Government and Hunter Water are requesting feedback on the draft Lower Hunter Water Security Plan.
The draft Plan is the culmination of more than three years of comprehensive investigations and assessment, underpinned by in-depth engagement with the community, to ensure the growing Lower Hunter region has the water security it needs for a prosperous future.
The draft Lower Hunter Water Security Plan is now on public exhibition for a six-week period concluding on 19 September 2021.
NSW Minister for Water, Property and Housing, Melinda Pavey, said the draft Lower Hunter Water Security Plan is a foundation for the economic development of Greater Newcastle and the Hunter while supporting the liveability of the community, setting out a pathway until 2060.
“Water is fundamental to the region’s growth, prosperity and quality of life. I’m proud of the comprehensive work involving a whole-of-government approach to ensure we have a sustainable and resilient water supply for the Lower Hunter, now and for future generations,” Ms Pavey said.
“Hunter Water has developed a draft Plan that will support the growth of the region and ensure it can respond to system shocks, including drought and a changing climate.”
Hunter Water Managing Director, Darren Cleary, said the recent drought has highlighted the vulnerability of the water supply system.
“Our community has told us they expect a reliable water supply that can withstand drought, reaffirming our view that it is unacceptable for a region the size of the Lower Hunter to face the risk of running out of water,” Mr Cleary said.
“A key objective of our future planning is to make sure we can supply enough water to meet the demand from households, businesses and industrial customers, while underpinning regional prosperity and nurturing the unique Lower Hunter environment.”
Detailed information on the Hunter Water engagement website includes the draft Plan, fact sheets about the different actions and other technical information.
A COVID-Safe public webinar will be held on Tuesday 24 August and registrations are now open. A recording of the webinar will be available via the Hunter Water engagement site for those unable to attend.
To download the draft Plan, view an explainer video and the supporting documents, as well as to make a submission or book in for the webinar, visit the community engagement webpage: www.hunterwater.com.au/waterfuture