TAMWORTH Regional Council (TRC) could be set for a concerted push on the state government as pressure mounts on city water supplies across the state.
This year's Local Government NSW conference could be pivotal in the ongoing water plight of the state's regional communities with Tamworth ready to call on NSW local councils to rally for a better deal.
Each council has a chance to submit motions to be debated and eventually shape the policy platform of the local government lobby group.
With drought still touching and reaching to most ends of the state, TRC wants to put water front of mind for the state government.
The council will have a few months to hone its motions, but Glenn Inglis has called for a dam strategy.
Cr Inglis said Tamworth should take a "really strongly worded motion" to the conference calling on the state government for a 30-40 year water infrastructure policy "to secure population and economic growth targets".
He floated the idea at the council's last meeting where it was readily supported.
He was strongly backed by Russell Webb who said it was "no question" and a "no-brainer" the government had to build more dams in regional NSW.
"We will be in a lot better position if more water storage is being built before the next dry times," he said.
"The time is now, when it does rain people's memories are short and what better opportunity than at this conference."
The council will now draft its motions to take to the local government conference which will be held in Sydney in October.
Councillors will have to vote on their final preferred motions before August.
Other motions suggested included pushing for the Rural Fire Service to be 100 per cent government funded and measures to address truancy.