In mid-January to early February 2020, the NSW Government put in place water restrictions to manage the first major water flows following rainfall across the northern Murray-Darling after record drought conditions (‘the first flush event’).

This was the first time NSW managed a first-flush event under these conditions. The NSW Government has appointed an independent panel to assess what improvements can be made to better manage events like this in future.

The panel is now seeking feedback from the community on their views and experiences in relation to the first flush event and suggestions on the future management of these events. We invite you to make a submission or give your feedback by completing this survey, keeping in mind the closing date of 5:00pm (AEST) Sunday 7 June 2020.

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For further information, including the terms of reference for the assessment, and details on the different ways you can provide your feedback, visit