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The draft Riverina Murray Regional Plan 2041

The public exhibition for the updated strategic plan for the future of the Riverina Murray region is now closed.

The draft Riverina Murray Regional Plan 2041 was  on exhibition from 28 July until 12 September 2022. 

The exhibition was a key part of the draft plan’s first 5-yearly review to reset priorities and extend the plan’s reach to 2041.

The Department thanks everyone who took the time and effort to participate in a workshop, make a formal submission and give us your feedback in other ways.

The plan sets the framework, vision and direction for strategic land-use planning to meet future needs for housing, jobs, infrastructure, a healthy environment and connected communities.

The first Riverina Murray Regional Plan – which looked forward to 2036 – was released in 2017.  This draft plan, which looks out to 2041, builds on the previous plan. Its development followed consultation with councils, the community and other stakeholders.

The next 20 years will be an exciting period of change for the region, with strong growth expected and opportunities to make the Riverina Murray an even better place to live, work and visit. The draft plan will harness opportunities from the following catalyst projects:

  • Wagga Wagga Special Activation Precinct
  • Albury Regional Job Precinct
  • Inland Rail
  • South-West Renewable Energy Zone
  • Murray River bridges projects.

The draft plan also addresses changing housing needs including providing different types of housing to meet changing demographics and the needs of temporary workers and visitors.

The draft plan is underpinned by the region’s environment values. It seeks to protect and harness these values to support ongoing prosperity and growth and to build resilience against natural hazards. 

The future of energy is renewable. The draft plan supports a transition to net zero emissions region by 2050 and will explore a future South West Renewable Energy Zone. 

The draft plan seeks to address the influence of key investment and policy decisions in Victoria, impacting the border and broader Riverina Murray communities.

A key part of this work is helping local Aboriginal land councils achieve their aspirations for their land as outlined in the NSW Aboriginal Land Rights Act 1983.

The Department will now closely consider how the submissions and feedback will be incorporated into the final plan that will be released later in 2022.

Snowy Valleys proposed boundary change

At the commencement of the review of the South East and Tablelands Regional Plan 2036, the Department of Planning and Environment received a request from Snowy Valleys Council to move from the Riverina Murray Regional Plan boundary, to the South East and Tablelands Regional Plan boundary.

The community can have their say on the proposal, by making a submission on the draft Riverina Murray Regional Plan or through the exhibition of the draft South East and Tablelands Regional Plan until 23 September 2022.

Find out more

More information

Contact the regional plan team on: 

(02) 5852 6800

E [email protected]

Riverina Murray Region Department of Planning and Environment, PO Box 58, DUBBO NSW 2830



  • On Exhibition

    The consultation is open for public comment.

  • Under Consideration

    We'll be reviewing what you told us.

  • Made and Finalised

    The final outcomes of this consultation will be documented here.

Consultation period


More information

Exhibiting agency or agencies: DPE
Exhibition location: NSW Planning Portal