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Aboriginal consultation - Round 3 Workshop for the Gwydir, Lachlan and Macquarie-Castlereagh regional water strategies

When: Tuesday, October 13, 2020
What Time: 10:00 AM AEDT - 12:00 PM AEDT
Where: Online - join via your computer!

About the Webinar

The NSW GOVERNMENT is developing regional water strategies

One of the overarching objectives of regional water strategies is to recognise and protect Aboriginal rights, interests and access to water. Your community is an important part of the conversation in developing your regional water strategy and we hope you can join us.

We have already spoken to some Aboriginal people for the Gwydir, Lachlan and Macquarie-Castlereagh strategies. Two rounds of workshops have been held with Aboriginal people in these regions since December 2019.

These draft regional water strategies are now publicly available and we want to continue the conversation via a two hour live online workshop.

The workshop will cover:

  • engagement with Aboriginal people
  • what we have heard
  • draft options
  • how you can have your say.

The workshop will be facilitated by an Aboriginal facilitator and there will be the opportunity to ask questions. You can join from your own home using a computer or device.

We will also be holding some regionally-based workshops. COVID-safe practices will be in place including temperature checking and social distancing.

Please note that due to the unpredictable nature of the COVID-19 pandemic, the ability to attend a local venue may have to be cancelled at short notice.

If you can’t attend the online or regionally based workshops, you will still be able to give us a call and/or provide a submission. The draft regional water strategies for the Macquarie-Castlereagh, Lachlan and Gwydir regions will be out for public consultation from 25 September 2020 to 13 November 2020.

If you would like to join the online workshop, please register on this page.

For details about the regionally-based workshops, please visit

To help us ensure COVID-safe practices please tell us which workshop you would like to attend by emailing

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Ria Pryce

Ria is A/Executive Director Regional Water Strategy in the NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment.

Shagofta Ali

Shagofta Ali is an Acting Director in the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment. She leads the teams working on regional water strategies in the north-western parts of NSW.

Shagofta has over 10 years' strategic policy experience working across state and federal governments, including in a range of natural resource management portfolios including water, fisheries, crown land, resources and energy.

Kara Talbot

Kara Talbot is an Aboriginal Cultural Officer in the NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment. 

Bradley Delaney

Brad Delaney, Senior Policy Officer, Native Title.

I am a Dunghutti and Kamilaroi man, grew up in Western Sydney and have worked in government state and federal for 30 years.  Have been involved with the Aboriginal Community Controlled sector for most of my life and continue to do so.  Currently working in the Policy & Legislation team Department of Planning, Industry and Environment - Water and have been in this role for 2 and a half years.