NSW Water Quality Objectives: public consultation

Complete our survey by 31 March 2021 to help us identify how you value coastal waterways in New South Wales.

For your chance to win and have your say

Have your say on how you value and use your local waterways and other waterways in coastal New South Wales between 18 December 2020 and 31 March 2021.

Vehicle stickers for parks passesBy completing all questions in the survey, you could win 1 of 10 NSW National Parks and Wildlife annual Multi-Parks Passes.

You can provide your written submission by:

In 2017, we consulted with stakeholders and community groups as part of developing the Marine Estate Management Strategy 2018–2028.They identified a need to ensure our community’s environmental values and uses of our coastal waterways reflect changing views and land uses.

We want to know how you use local waterways and why they are valuable for your quality of life. All members of the community are encouraged to have their say. This will help us with our work on the NSW Water Quality Objectives, so we can continue to protect and maintain our waterways in line with the way you currently use them or plan to use them in the future. These uses may include swimming, kayaking, boating, fishing, walking by your waterway or just knowing they are there for plants and animals. 

By taking part you could win 1 of 10 NSW National Parks and Wildlife annual Multi-Parks Passes. Please make sure you answer all questions in the survey and review the Terms and Conditions.

The survey includes questions such as:

  • which waterways in your local area are important to you
  • what do you currently enjoy using your local waterways for – walking, picnicking, swimming, boating, and/or fishing
  • how healthy are your local waterways and is this important to you
  • how often do you visit your local waterways
  • are there any conflicting uses of waterways in your local area?

The survey should take 7 minutes to complete and can be completed for multiple waterways in your area.

We will post regular updates of the survey and its outcomes on our Water quality webpages.

View from Gentlemans Halt jetty Marramarra National Park kayaking and river boat on Hawkesbury River