Future water for our region

Rous County Council recently finished investigating new water sources capable of securing a sustainable water supply for major parts of the Northern Rivers region.

The result is Rous County Council’s proposed Future Water Project 2060 – a $245 million plan to future-proof the community’s precious drinking water supplies over the next 40 years and beyond.

In July 2020, Rous County Council released its proposed Future Water Project 2060 (PDF 5.6 MB) for public exhibition. The project is the culmination of Rous County Council’s extensive investigations over a long period to select a viable solution for permanently boosting the region’s drinking water supply.

Most recently, Rous County Council finished exploring the long-term suitability of several new water source options identified in its Future Water Strategy 2014. Adopted in 2014 following extensive community input, the strategy’s options included:

  • Increased groundwater use;
  • Water reuse; and
  • The long-proposed Dunoon Dam.

The detailed reports are available here. Read the community information brochure (PDF 5.6 MB) about the preferred options for securing the region's water supply.

Make a feedback submission on the Future Water Project 2060 

How to provide feedback on the Future Water Project 2060
Read the information on how to make a good submission to Rous County Council.

Preferred submission method:

Online Complete and submit the online form

Other submission options:

Email

Write an email submission including the following details: 

  • your name and address; 
  • name of the plan or document you are commenting on; 
  • a statement as to whether you support or object to the proposal; and 
  • the reasons as to why you support or object 

Email to council@rous.nsw.gov.au 

Post Write a letter including the following details: 
  • your name and address; 
  • name of the plan or document you are commenting on; 
  • a statement as to whether you support or object to the proposal; and 
  • the reasons as to why you support or object. 
Send your submission to: 
 
Future Water Project Feedback 
PO Box 230 
Lismore NSW 2480 
In person

Hand deliver your formal submission paperwork to:  

General Manager 
Rous County Council 
218-232 Molesworth Street 
Lismore NSW 2480 


Submission open and close dates
Open: 1 July 2020
Close: 12 August 2020

What happens to the submissions?
Results from the feedback submission forms will be collated post 12 August 2020 with a report being made public on the results in October 2020.