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Declared dam owners across regional NSW have been officially notified that a proposed Dams Safety Levy will not be introduced in July 2021.

Minister for Water, Property and Housing Melinda Pavey said government has listened to feedback from owners of dams, in particular from local councils, and decided that the introduction of a levy at this time would not be appropriate.

There are 400 declared dam owners in NSW. Consultation with declared dam owners on the proposed levy commenced 30 September and ended on 30 October 2020.

Submissions highlighted recent challenges faced by dam owners, particularly in regional areas, including bushfires, floods and the pandemic. Submissions also discussed the additional setup costs to establish compliance with the new regulation.

The NSW Government is considering options for funding of Dams Safety NSW operations.

The full submissions report is available on the Dams Safety NSW website at