THE time is now to start preparing for dry spells in the future and Tamworth Regional Council will call on the state government to do something about it.
This week, the councillors will sign off on the motions it wants Tamworth to take to the state's annual conference of councils.
Each year, peak body Local Government NSW calls on its councils to bring forward motions which help shape its agenda for providing better living conditions around the state.
Water is sure to be front of mind for the majority of councils taking part in the conference with the current drought affecting almost every corner of the state.
But Tamworth Regional Council wants the NSW government to come up with a plan for the decades to come.
"It is acknowledged that there is some considerable activity around addressing the current water crisis but the government has to realise that we will have more (and possibly more severe) dry periods into the future and urgent work needs to be undertaken to secure long term water security," the council's report said.
Now the motion has been drafted and, if it is approved, it could see the NSW government takes steps to create a 40-year infrastructure to drought-proof the state.
As it stands, the motion calls on Local Government NSW to ask the state to "invest in the development of long term (30-40 year) water infrastructure strategy/s for the supply of water to town water supplies across the state to ensure population and economic growth targets can be achieved and supported in both metropolitan and regional/rural areas."
Tamworth will take four motions to the conference in a bid to address a broad scope of issues.
The council is also calling on the state government to scrap the local governments' emergency services levy; undertake a comprehensive review of how school truancy is managed and hold-off on bringing a new medium density housing code blanket measures.