WaterNSW responds to NSW Ombudsman’s interim report

WaterNSW responds to NSW Ombudsman’s interim report

16 November 2017

The NSW Ombudsman’s most recent investigation was triggered in June 2016, when allegations were made against DPI Water’s (now Crown Lands & Water) handling of a certain matter. DPI Water continued to manage compliance in this matter into 2017.

WaterNSW has not yet been engaged by the NSW Ombudsman for input into this investigation.

Given our increased compliance role since July last year, when compliance functions were split between WaterNSW and Crown Lands & Water, we look forward to the opportunity to present evidence on assertions and allegations made in the Ombudsman’s interim report.

Further, we look forward to demonstrating our approach to -- and the success of -- our compliance activities since that time.

It is important to note that many of the incidents raised by the NSW Ombudsman pre-date WaterNSW’s taking on compliance responsibilities.

WaterNSW’s strong performance, reflected to a limited degree in the NSW Ombudsman’s interim report, is highlighted by the focus and resources we have directed towards water compliance.

For example, we have reduced the number of compliance matters open on 1 July 2016 from 364 to 43.

We are also working towards promptly finalising those legacy matters still outstanding.

WaterNSW stands by its energetic and thorough enforcement of the water rules framework, and looks forward to working with Government and other stakeholders in building a stronger framework for water compliance.

Contact: Tony Webber

Phone: 0428 613 478

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