Adaptive Planning for Secure Water Futures in the Dubbo LGA


On 21 September 2015, responsibility for water policy and resources was transferred to the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources - Administrative Arrangement Order made on 21 September 2015.

This website will be updated to reflect these changes.

Dubbo City Council

Funding: $193,200

About the project

The project is a community focused planning study to identify, model, prioritise and develop adaptation plans for the impacts of a future with less water. The project will examine the resilience of the community to successfully adapt to changes in water availability.

Project benefits

The project will be used to:

  • identify and prioritise the socio economic impacts and to assist Dubbo City Council to examine plans to successfully adapt to changes in water availability;
  • accurately assess stormwater harvest yields and the cost effectiveness of harvesting that water;
  • examine programs used in other cities to inform, educate and change the attitudes of residents towards the adoption of household water saving initiatives;
  • examine ways to attract new water based businesses to the city; and
  • provide a snapshot of the relative wellbeing of Dubbo City community against socio economic indicators as a basis for comparing the impact of future change.

Project completion

This project was completed in November 2011 and provided an assessment of the impact of population growth and climate change on water usage as well as an assessment of the risks to Dubbo's ongoing water supply. This project produced the following reports for the Dubbo City Council in determining future water saving initiatives.

  • Planning Study – Context Study 2010
  • Dubbo City Council – Climate Scenarios 2010
  • Enhancing Dubbo-s Irrigation System
  • Reuse of Backwash Water
  • Water Use Efficiency
  • Options Assessment Report

Further information

Further information on this project may be obtained by contacting the Dubbo City Council directly on 02 6801 4000.

The Strengthening Basin Communities program is funded by the Australian Government's Water for the Future initiative.