THE state government has released its draft plan about how groundwater will be shared across the Namoi region.
NSW Water Minister Melinda Pavey said her department had been working on the Namoi Alluvium Water Resource Plan with local groups for two years, and was after feedback from the community.
Peel Valley Water Users Association wa among the organisations to have some input in to the plan.
However, committee member Ildu Monticone said the group didn't know what the situation was yet because its members hadn't had a chance to go through the complex 77-page document.
"We don't know what the changes from the original are yet, if there are any," the Dungowan irrigator said.
"We were told they would not change anything, and we want to make sure that's what's happened.
"We'll be going through the draft plan very carefully over the next few days."
Tamworth Regional Council's water director Bruce Logan said the new plan, if approved, would replace the three current plans in place.
"Upon review, council has not identified any significant changes from the current plans," Mr Logan said.
"Should any changes arise, council will be sure to inform the community."
Next week there will be series of meetings across the Namoi region about the draft plan, starting in Wee Waa on Monday and finishing on Tamworth on Friday.
Ms Pavey said consulting with key stakeholders, Namoi Valley communities and First Nations people would continue to be an essential part of finalising the water resource plan.
"The water resource plans are a key requirement of the Murray Darling Basin Plan, and provide for the continuing and sustainable use of the Namoi groundwater resources into the future," Ms Pavey said.
"We need to ensure we have a stronger focus on implementation of plans - this has been a legitimate criticism of the past.
"To this end, I've asked the department to ensure we have sufficient, ongoing and skilled resources to lead plan delivery and ongoing review."