THE joint water plan of several councils "acknowledges that our climate is changing", the Namoi Unlimited chair says.
Jamie Chaffey said the Water for the Future strategy makes numerous recommendations to the organisation - which is made up of Tamworth, Gunnedah, Walcha, Gwydir and Liverpool Plains councils - to address water security as a "response to changing climatic conditions".
"This region knows all too well what climate change is - we are currently in the thick of it with this current drought," the Gunnedah mayor said.
"Recommendations such as completing secure yield studies, water demand and drought management strategies are all direct responses and actions to addressing water in a changing climate.
"Assessing how water can or can't be used by industry and even ourselves is a clear future consideration."
The comments come just after the move by the NSW Nationals, who voted down a motion that sought to recognise that "climate change is impacted by human activity".
Tamworth mayor Col Murray also recently knocked back the idea of a council climate emergency declaration as "a bit of a farce".
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Wagga Wagga joined a list of NSW councils taking a stand when it carried a motion to develop a climate emergency plan, however Cr Murray said he preferred action over "mother-hood statements".
Cr Chaffey said there were a number of simple water-saving measures councils could adopt, such as using wastewater to suppress dust on roadwork projects or offering rebates on water-efficient shower heads.
The report is currently on public exhibition until the end of July and the group of councils are encouraging the community to have their say on the comprehensive document.