Upgrading storage, river and stream gauging networks
Access to timely, relevant and accurate information for water storage and river heights is a key requirement for efficient management of the region’s water resources.
Moderate to major flood events in the region in past years has highlighted deficiencies in the current storage, river and stream gauging systems, which are yet to be addressed.
In particular, there is confusion with real-time information (provided by the NSW Office of Water), and river predictions and flood warnings (provided by the Bureau of Meteorology) made available from different sources.
As well as confusion, costly delays are experienced as a result of conveying information between the various players, which also includes State Water Corporation and the NSW State Emergency Services.
MRFF recommends streamlined provision of timely and accurate information to river dependent communities and industries in the future, which could be achieved by contracting arrangements between the relevant agencies.
Further, MRFF recommends extension of the river gauging network on the Macquarie River and its tributaries and effluents to more accurately measure and predict flow events.