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Our long-term water strategy, Our Water Our Future 2050, outlines how we will provide sustainable and affordable water and sewerage services to our community over the next 30 years. Some of the key features include:

  • Off-stream storage dams

    Increased water security for the Manning, Gloucester, Bulahdelah and Stroud water supply schemes, including delivering Peg Leg Creek Dam in the next 10 years.

  • Recycled water

    Exploring opportunities to increase the amount of wastewater we recycle annually from 25% to 40%.

  • Water efficiency

    Implementing a range of initiatives, including leakage reduction, community education and behavioural change programs.

  • Drought management

    A plan to guide our response if we encounter a drought before our water security solutions have been delivered.

  • Adaptive planning

    Alternative solutions if necessary, such as a desalination plant.

  • Sustainable price

    A sustainable price pathway for the next 30 years.

View the long-term water strategy below

To view our long-term water strategy, Our Water Our Future 2050 document in full-screen in the interactive PDF viewer above, select the bracket icon at the bottom-right side the toolbar to enable full-screen.

If you are having trouble viewing the document in the interactive PDF viewer, you may also download the full version of the long-term water strategy, Our water Our Future 2050 here.

exhibition period

The draft strategy was on public exhibition for community feedback from July – August 2023. During this time we received 15 submissions, which were all responded to individually.

There were no changes made to the strategy as a result of the submissions received during the public exhibition phase. You can read the comments and responses here.

The strategy was then adopted by the elected Council at the 23 August 2023 Ordinary Meeting.

How did we get here?

From July 2022 to April 2023, we went out to the community to find out:

  1. What their values and sentiments were when it came to our water and sewerage services,
  2. their vision for the future of water in the region, and
  3. how they felt we should respond to the major water-related challenges such as drought.

From this feedback, we developed a draft long-term strategic plan for the sustainable and affordable delivery of water and sewerage services in the MidCoast over the next 30 years.

You can read more about the what you told us during the first phase of engagement below.

Learn more about what you told us

Your feedback is important to how we develop our long-term water strategy. Find out more about what you told us.


  • Timeline item 1 - complete

    28 July 2022

    First Our Water Our Future Group community workshop

  • Timeline item 2 - complete

    11 November 2022

    Youth Hackathon for water

  • Timeline item 3 - complete

    October 2022 - March 2023

    Online engagement to better understand community values and sentiment

  • Timeline item 4 - complete

    December 2022 - February 2023

    Children's illustration competitoin

  • Timeline item 5 - complete

    28 February 2023

    Second Our Water Our Future Group workshop

  • Timeline item 6 - complete

    17 March - 16 April 2023

    Online engagement and community pop-ups

  • Timeline item 7 - complete

    April - June 2022

    Development of draft strategy based on community feedback

  • Timeline item 8 - complete

    3 July - 6 August 2023

    Public exhibition of draft strategy

  • Timeline item 9 - complete

    23 August 2023

    Present to Council for endorsement

We acknowledge the traditional custodians of the land on which we work and live, the Gathang-speaking people and pay our respects to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who now reside in the MidCoast Council area. We extend our respect to elders past and present, and to all future cultural-knowledge holders.

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Our commitments to you

We deliver benefits for our community in a way that adds value and builds trust.

Why we are engaging

We are committed to engaging with our community in a meaningful way to support decision making, plan for projects, and to strengthen our communities.

By inviting your participation, we aim to create a sense of belonging, connection and involvement, and ultimately greater ownership of decisions by the whole community.

Have Your Say is our online tool for dynamic digital community engagement and provides an opportunity to stay informed and share what matters to you.