NSW Department of Industry to host community consultation in Gunnedah

CONSULTATION: Locals are being urged to have their say about water metering at a community session in Gunnedah on September 4. Photo: File photo
CONSULTATION: Locals are being urged to have their say about water metering at a community session in Gunnedah on September 4. Photo: File photo

THE Gunnedah community will have a chance to have its say thanks to a stakeholders meeting hosted by the NSW Department of Industry.

Included in the meeting will be discussion on the proposed metering framework being delivered as a commitment under the NSW Water Reform Action Plan and will give locals a chance to raise any concerns before the new regulations commence on December 1.

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Executive Director Water, Rachel Connell, said the consultations are part of ongoing reform to improve the transparency and robustness of how we share, allocate, account for and manage water in NSW.

“This consultation provides opportunity for the community to comment on the drafts to ensure that the final policy and regulations for non-urban water meters are practical and can be implemented effectively,” Ms Connell said.

“In March 2018, we released a consultation paper about water take measurement and metering and held a series of meetings seeking the community’s views on how a robust metering framework could be implemented in NSW.

“The vast majority of respondents from those consultations agreed that accurately measuring water is necessary for both managing our valuable water resources, and providing a foundation for delivering a robust and defensible compliance and enforcement framework.”

The meeting will be held at the Gunnedah Services and Bowling Club from 12pm, Tuesday, September 4.

This story Locals urged to raise issues at water consultation meeting first appeared on Namoi Valley Independent.

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