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Planning our water future

Planning our water future

Planning our water future

It is important that we continue to plan for the Central Coast’s future water needs.

We must address uncertainties like climate variability and change, population growth and advances in technology, as well as more acute stresses such as drought.

There have been significant changes in environmental factors, water infrastructure, the operating environment and knowledge in the 13 years since we last planned for our region’s long-term water security. Those changes, combined with the current review of the Lower Hunter Water Security Plan by our neighbouring region, mean it is important to review our long-term water plans.

Together we’ll develop a plan that will secure the Coast’s water supply for future generations. This will be called the Central Coast Integrated Water Resource Plan. This will help our collaborative work with Hunter Water and the Department of Planning Industry and Environment to make sure both the Central Coast and Lower Hunter regions have water strategies that can work side by side.

Learn more about the Central Coast’s water supply system in this short video:

Working with our community

We are incorporating the views and values from a diversity of community voices to develop a long-term plan for water supply on the Central Coast.

Virtual forums

A representative cross section of the community have been invited to attend a series of virtual forums where participants will meet, learn and have discussions about the different options in a supportive environment.

Forum participants were invited through an Expressions of Interest process and a third-party customer panel.

In-depth phone interviews will also be conducted with people who may find it difficult to participate in an online format.

Options survey

In early 2021 we’ll be asking the community what they think about a shortlist of options for our long-term water supply.

Sign up to be notified when these are ready for your feedback.

Public exhibition

In late 2021 a draft the Integrated Water Resource Plan will be published for final community feedback.

This plan will be the culmination of community engagement, liaison with key government agencies and industry, and expert technical studies and recommendations.

After public exhibition, the plan will be finalised and provided to the NSW Department of Industry and Environment for approval.

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Document Library
December 2020: Phase 1 forums

detail here

Who's listening
Charles Leung, Project Manager
Woolcott Research (forum inquiries only)

Frequently asked questions

Is Mangrove Creek Dam going to be expanded in the future?

Raising Mangrove Creek Dam is one of many shortlisted options being investigated under the Integrated Water Resource Plan. The plan seeks to review all feasible and effective options to address the Central Coast supply and demand balance.

Is Council going to build another dam?

Construction of a new dam is one of many shortlisted options being investigated under the plan. The plan seeks to review all feasible and effective options to address the Central Coast supply and demand balance.

Is Council still building a desalination plant at Toukley?

Council is seeking to modify the existing planning approval for the possible construction of a drought response desalination plant adjacent to Toukley Sewage Treatment Plant (STP).

This is our insurance policy in case of unprecedented drought conditions. In order to do this, Council will need to engage with the community and undertake a series of studies including intake location, water quality, marine monitoring, marine hazard, ecology impact assessment and updating EIS documentation.

It is anticipated this consultation process will take place in 2021.

Will the long-term options increase my water bill?

The Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal (IPART) determines Central Coast Council’s water revenues and prices during periodic reviews. We will be consulting customers on water prices for the next review period in early 2021.

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Any impact to customer prices would be determined by IPART if and when projects proceed. The 'whole of life cost' of various options will be assessed as part of the Integrated Water Resource Plan. This will ensure that the infrastructure required to provide drought security and meet long-term demand for water are cost effective.

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