Stronger protection for Sydney’s water catchment following extensive review


29 April 2020

Better protections, stronger assessment and more environmental offsets will ensure Sydney’s drinking water supply is safeguarded, following an extensive review by an independent expert panel.  

Planning and Public Spaces Minister Rob Stokes said the NSW Government had accepted all 50 recommendations of the expert panel led by the office of the NSW Chief Scientist and Engineer.  

“We want to ensure we have every measure in place to protect Sydney’s water supply for generations to come,” Mr Stokes said.   

“We’ve accepted all of the recommendations from the panel and have established an interagency taskforce to implement a detailed action plan throughout this year.  

“These actions will improve our existing comprehensive assessment and monitoring of underground coal mining while providing certainty for both Sydney’s water supply and thousands of jobs across NSW – particularly 5000 workers in the Illawarra.”  

The action plan includes:

For more information, visit The Independent Expert Panel for Mining in the Catchment final report,




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