Advertising and objections
Certain types of water applications are required to be advertised to provide an opportunity to lodge an objection.
Certain types of water applications are required under the Water Management Act 2000 to be advertised to provide members of the community with an opportunity to lodge an objection to the granting of the application before a decision is made.
How are applications assessed?
Applications for approvals are subject to strict and thorough assessment. For example, groundwater applications (not including basic landholder rights) may go through a hydrogeological assessment by DPE.
All applications to take water other than under basic landholder rights are also assessed by WaterNSW against legislation covering:
For more information on the assessment process, read the Process to assess applications to take water fact sheet. If applications do not pass these assessments, approvals are not granted without further investigation by WaterNSW.
What type of applications are advertised?
Objections made to WaterNSW are reviewed and resolved, where possible. WaterNSW is limited in the type of objections it can deal with under the Water Management Act.
Objectors have 28 days to lodge an objection from the date the advertisement is listed on the NSW Water Register.
Prior to lodging an objection, check the examples below to see if another agency is better placed to resolve the issue.
TYPE OF OBJECTION / AGENCY TO CONTACT
Objections to provisions contained within a water sharing plan
- Department of Planning and Environment - Water (DPE - Water)
Objections based on environmental issues (e.g. contamination)
- NSW Environmental Protection Agency
Objections that fall under local government legislation (e.g. unauthorised activity, noise)
- The local council
Objections about suspicious water behaviour (e.g. illegal water take and use)
- Natural Resources Access Regulator (NRAR)
How to lodge an objection?
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