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Regardless of climate change or the ebbs and flows of industry demand, communities and water users look to water laws to ensure fair access to water for all. Water security and regulating access to it continues to be one of our state’s biggest challenges.

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The Natural Resources Access Regulator (NRAR) will begin visiting properties in Moree and surrounds this week to check compliance with the metering rules.

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NRAR has recorded the highest ever number of suspicious activity notifications in a single quarter since it began quarterly reporting in mid-2019. The latest round of data shows 774 suspicious activity reports were lodged for the period April to June 2022, mostly related to the state’s non-urban water metering rules.

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A Bathurst man has been convicted and ordered to pay $11,000 in fines and legal fees for illegally operating a dam without approval during severe drought and bushfires.

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With a potential third consecutive La Niña event looming over one of the wettest periods in a decade, it might seem like the last time to be talking about water scarcity but the spectre of drought is never far away in Australia.