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Draft Macquarie-Castlereagh Regional Water Strategy - Public Information Session

When: Friday, October 16, 2020
What Time: 10:00 AM AEDT - 12:00 PM AEDT
Where: Online - join via your computer or phone
Speakers: Shagofta Ali, Michael Scotland, Owen Droop.

About the Webinar

The NSW Government has released the Draft Macquarie-Castlereagh Regional Water Strategy for public consultation from 25 September to 13 November 2020.

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 Macquarie-Castlereagh Regional Water Strategy is, how it was developed and next steps
  • region specific opportunities and challenges
  • the climate data modelling process we have used and the findings
  • the range of options that we could investigate to secure water for the Macquarie-Castlereagh 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 which we encourage you to complete.

The Macquarie-Castlereagh 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 Dubbo and Blayney, and to book a one-on-one phone consultation with a team member to discuss the Draft Macquarie-Castlereagh Regional Water Strategy. To book a consultation or to find out further information about the Draft Macquarie-Castlereagh Regional Water Strategy, including the venues for the region-based information sessions, visit:

If you have an enquiry please email

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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.

Michael Scotland

Michael is a Manager with the NSW Department of Planning, Industry and the Environment. He is part of the Northern NSW Regional Water Strategy team and leads the development of the Macquarie-Castlereagh and Western Regional Water Strategies.

Michael has twenty years’ experience working across the public sector in policy roles specifically focusing on natural resource management issues. The scope of Michael’s work in this sector includes fisheries, agriculture, biosecurity, climate change, forestry and town water supply issues.

Michael has spent a large part of his public service career working at the NSW Department of Primary Industries but has also held roles in the NSW Forestry Commission, NSW Treasury, NSW Department of Premier and Cabinet and the Department of Trade and Investment.

Michael has a Bachelor of Science (Environmental Science) and is currently completing a Graduate Diploma in Economics.

Owen Droop

Mr Owen Droop of OD Hydrology Pty Ltd holds degrees in Engineering (B.E. (Civil)(Hons)) from the University of Newcastle and Environmental Science (B.Nat.Res) from the University of New England.

He has extensive (over 20 years) experience in all aspects of hydrology, water supply, water management and water resource planning throughout Australia. Experience includes provision of expert advice and support, including associated modelling for a wide range of projects including: overall catchment water allocation; supply and management assessment; and, innovative application of modelling techniques to assess specific management options and impacts for a wide range of projects.