Rural floodplain planning

Find out how we help create better planning processes for rural floodplains.

Aerial view of Gwydir Valley, Moomin CreekThe Office of Environment and Heritage (OEH) and the Department of Primary Industries Water (DPI Water) are partnering to develop rural floodplain management plans. This is part of the transition from rural floodplain management planning under Part 8 of the Water Act 1912 to the Water Management Act 2000.

An interagency regional panel is overseeing the development of these plans. The panel is made up of representatives from DPI Water, OEH, NSW Department of Primary Industries (Agriculture and Fisheries) and Local Land Services.

Rural floodplain management plans contain rules and set out management zones to coordinate approval of new flood works or approval of amendments to existing flood works.

Visit DPI Water for more information about how these plans are being developed.

Healthy Floodplains Project

The Healthy Floodplains Project is funded by the Australian Government’s Sustainable Rural Water Use and Infrastructure Program as part of the implementation of the Murray-Darling Basin Plan in New South Wales.

The NSW Healthy Floodplains Project aims to reform water management in the northern basin floodplains of NSW.

A major component of the project is to streamline existing rural floodplain management planning processes by providing more consistency in planning outcomes, and a greater focus on environmental considerations in rural areas of the Murray-Darling Basin.

Under the Healthy Floodplains Project, OEH is developing the technical content in consultation with a technical advisory group for floodplain management plans in five rural valleys in northern NSW.

For more information, visit the DPI Water healthy floodplains page.