Natural Capital Economics was engaged by the NSW Government to develop the Hotspot Strategy and Business Case were as part of the Healthy Floodplains program.

The business case included the remediation of hotspots on the floodplain of the five northern catchments of the New South Wales (NSW) Murray-Darling catchment (Border Rivers, Gwydir, Namoi, Macquarie and Barwon Darling River systems of Northern NSW) that are adversely impacted by public and private infrastructure..

The Business Case included the costs, benefits, cost benefit analysis and governance arrangements for the implementation of pre-construction activities for the remediation of 104 priority floodplain hotspots, and a pilot remediation works program for 29 of these hotspots grouped into 6 packages of works.

The Business Case also sets out implementation processes including funding models, governance arrangements, stakeholder engagement and key risks and risk management options.