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Draft North Coast Regional Water Strategy - Public Information Webinar Session

When: Tuesday, March 30, 2021
What Time: 10:00 AM AEDT - 12:00 PM AEDT
Where: Online - join via your computer or phone
Speakers: Mark Simons & Katie Brookes

About the Webinar

The NSW Government has released the Draft North Coast Regional Water Strategy for public consultation from 3 March to 14 April 2021.

A two hour online public information webinar session is being hosted as part of the consultation process for the draft strategy and you’re invited to attend.

This session will cover:

  • what the Draft North Coast Regional Water Strategy is, how it was developed and next steps
  • the climate data modelling process we have used and the findings
  • region specific opportunities and challenges
  • the range of options that we could investigate to secure water for the North Coast region in the future
  • how you can have your say.

In the last part of this session we will answer questions on what we have presented.

At the end of this session you will be presented with a short survey that we encourage you to complete.

The North Coast Regional Water Strategy is one of 12 regional water strategies being developed across NSW. These strategies will provide us a roadmap for planning more resilient communities over the next 20 to 40 years.

We encourage you to get involved, register for this online information session, and join in the discussion.

If you are unable to attend the session, we will be recording it so you can view it at a time suitable to you.

You also have the opportunity to attend information sessions in Armidale, Grafton, Coffs Harbour and Kempsey. To find out further information about the Draft North Coast Regional Water Strategy, including the venues for the region-based information sessions, visit:

If you have an enquiry please email

The NSW Government has also released a draft of the NSW Water Strategy for public consultation from 15 February to 28 March 2021. To find out further information visit:

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Mark Simons

Mark is the Director of the Coastal and Southern NSW Regional Water Strategies team with the NSW Department of Planning, Industry and the Environment, leading a team developing strategies for the Lachlan, Murrumbidgee, Murray, South Coast, North Coast and Far North Coast, while implementing the completed strategy for the Greater Hunter

Having worked with the Department for over 20 years, Mark has been involved in a wide range of activities across the business, including hydrologic modelling, Water Sharing Plan development, implementation, evaluation and audit, drought management, and Major Project Assessment.

Mark has worked closely with stakeholders to ensure that water management decisions are implementable and based on evidence. He has worked at both an interagency and interstate level to ensure that best available science underpins water management decisions.

Mark holds an Honours level Bachelor of Science and a Postgraduate Diploma of Arts from the University of Sydney.

Katie Brookes

Katie Brookes is a senior water officer with the NSW Department of Planning, Industry and the Environment. She is part of the Southern and Coastal NSW Regional Water Strategy team and is a key contributor to the development of the draft North Coast and Lachlan Regional Water Strategies. 

Katie has over 15 years’ experience in water management, working across Government, major water utilities, consulting and academia.