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Independent inquiry into the Hawkesbury Nepean River system : final report August 1998

Healthy Rivers Commission of New South Wales1998
Subject: This inquiry into the Hawkesbury Nepean system has revealed that the way we manage sewage, stormwater, extractive industry, agricultural production and so on must all change if river health is to be protected and/or enhanced. The community understands that change is necessary if the Hawkesbury Nepean River system is to be sustained in both ecological and economic ways. The Inquiry has concluded that advances in some areas are imperative, different decision processes and priorities are needed and significant modifications of behaviour are required on the part of all players involved. The Commission's responsibility has been to examine how to fill the gap between the current and desired condition, to determine how urgent it is to close the gap, and to establish whether the problem is static or worsening, and whether the damage is reversible ... The Commission has established principles which favour improved river health and provide strong directional guidance where urgent action is called for, taking account of probably equity and distributional impacts. In so doing, the Commission has differentiated clearly between the rights of present parties and future entitlements. (Foreword, pp. i-ii).
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Sydney : Healthy Rivers Commission of New South Wales, 1998.
lii, 214, [62] p. : ill., maps ; 30 cm.
The Healthy Rivers Commission of NSW has sought this Inquiry Report to set goals and associated implementation strategies capable of yielding real and significant improvements in the health of the river in the broadest sense. The goals are presented in such a way that if they are agreed and implemented they can readily be audited, and an assessment can be made as to what has been achieved over time. The Commission has focused on identifying objectives and implementation actions which are operationally feasible, cost effective and able to be funded , given reasonable expectations of availability of funds either from public funds or from future user charges or both.Bibliography: p. 207-214.
Foreword -- Table of contents -- A guide to this final report -- Summary of recommendations and implementation responsibilites -- Introduction to this final report -- 1. Overview -- 2. Principles guiding the Healthy Rivers Commission -- 3. Evidence from the inquiry (the community view) -- 4. Key issues -- 5. Institutional issues -- 6. Local government and river health -- 7. Water quality and river health -- 8. Flows and river health -- 8A. Responses to comments on the Draft Report and further analysis relating to key river flow recommendations -- 9. Riverine corridors and river health -- 10. Urban stormwater and river health -- 11. Sewage and river health -- 12. Extractive industries and river health -- 13. Aquatic weeds and river health -- 14. Agriculture and river health -- 15. Boating and river health -- Bibliography -- Appendices -- Tables -- Figures.
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