Comment invited on Snowy Water Licence

29 Jun 2017

Interested members of the community are being invited to comment on the Snowy Water Licence as part of the mandatory ten year review, with submissions being accepted until 28 August 2017.

DPI Water Acting Deputy Director-General, Dr Christobel Ferguson said the review, which commenced on 28 June, focuses on Snowy Hydro Ltd’s obligations under the licence.

“The review will also consider Snowy Hydro Ltd’s performance in meeting the conditions of the licence,” Dr Ferguson said.

“The obligations fall into three broad categories: water release requirements, predominantly western river releases; increased flows, also known as environmental releases; and administrative obligations, such as compliance reporting, Annual Water Operating Plans and fees and charges.”

Dr Ferguson said the review will only consider specific issues relating to the licensee’s obligations under the licence and how they are meeting those obligations.

It will not extend into issues such as how much water was set aside for environmental flows, town water supplies or the Commonwealth’s recent announcement about possible expansion of the Snowy Mountains Scheme.

“I understand the importance of the iconic Snowy River to many communities and would urge anyone interested to make a submission.

“Comments received during the review will be considered and inform any proposed changes to the Snowy Water Licence.”

“All comments, whether based on scientific, technical, historical, anecdotal or other origins, that are consistent with the review terms of reference, will be considered as part of the review,” Dr Ferguson said.

A summary of submissions will be made available to the public upon the completion of the review process.

The Commonwealth and Victorian governments will be consulted throughout the course of the review and in relation to any proposed amendments.

Further information about the review is available on the DPI Water website – www.water.nsw.gov.au/water-licensing/corporate-licences/snowy-hydro

Written submissions will be accepted until Monday 28 August 2017.

Media contact: Laura Hutton 0427 652 088