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NSW Department of Climate Change, Energy, the Environment and Water | Water infrastructure projects

• 11 June 2024 • 1 min read
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The NSW Department of Climate Change, Energy, the Environment and Water is the lead agency setting water policy in NSW. The Department is responsible for much of the implantation of the Murray Darling Basin Plan in NSW and the consequential development of policy, regulatory arrangements and water supply works across much of NSW.

Maddocks has advised on numerous programs and projects for long-term water security, improving water quality and delivering environmental flows. The programs and projects have included:

  • AUD$60 million Yanco Creek Modernisation Project
  • Safe and Secure Water Program
  • Sustainable Diversion Limit Adjustment Mechanism project
  • Manly Hydraulic Laboratory
  • Wyangala Water Treatment Plant
  • Reconnecting River Country Program
  • Gwydir Reconnecting Watercourse Country Program
  • AUD$180 million program of projects to support a reduction in water recovery targets under the Murray-Darling Basin Plan
  • The Environmental Water Delivery program
  • The response to the mass fish deaths in the Darling-Baaka river
  • The implementation of cooperative irrigation schemes.

Maddocks role across these programs and projects has included advising on:

  • Authorising strategies
  • Land access strategies
  • Legislative amendments
  • Regulatory approvals for works and operations
  • Impact assessment requirements for works and operations
  • Regulation of water orders, access entitlements, releases and flows
  • Risk and liability management
  • Compensation models
  • Interagency arrangements
  • Powers and immunities of Government Agencies
  • Property entitlements
  • Drafting contractual arrangements, including D&C contracts
  • Procurement of works and services, including Expression of Interest and Early Tenderer Involvement Deeds.

These programs and projects are fundamental to the health of our inland waterways that support or regional communities and ecosystems.

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