Water a key focus with record $1 billion investment
The 2017-18 State Budget will fund $1 billion in water projects around NSW to secure regional water infrastructure.
The Safe and Secure Water Program will ensure the future of regional water supply in many towns currently suffering water and sewerage issues due to insufficient or ageing infrastructure.
High-priority water projects are currently being surveyed and planned as Ministers and local members visit sites around the State. Projects will be prioritised using a new framework based on the security of supply, health and infrastructure risks, and emerging issues that can impact supply and demand.
Minister for Regional Water and Nationals MLC Niall Blair encouraged communities, water corporations, prescribed dam owners and local councils to apply for project funding, to ensure their water issues are resolved for the long-term benefit of their communities.
“I encourage water authorities in regional NSW to work together and bring their best ideas to the table, because the Safe & Secure Water Program guidelines will be released shortly, with funding to be determined on a competitive basis,” he said.
Eight projects have already been shortlisted for accelerated funding, including the Scone Water Treatment Project, Liverpool Plains Shire Council Water Filtration Project, Central Kempsey Waste Water Project, Hay Waste Water Treatment Project, Nyngan Cobar Water Security Project and the Junee Shire Sewerage Project which local Member for Cootamundra Katrina Hodgkinson successfully secured, after fighting for the funding right up until the Budget’s release.
Projects that have already received funding include the Cobar Water Treatment plant which has received $15.5 million to build a new 8/ML facility, Bourke and Brewarrina Shire Councils and Walcha Council, who received $900,000 in funding to clear their sewerage infrastructure backlog. Funding has also been earmarked for Werris Creek Water Treatment Plant and Bowraville Waste Water Projects.
Further funding details, program guidelines and more information those wishing to apply will be released in July.
For more information please visit http://www.water.nsw.gov.au/urban-water/safe-secure
For information about water resources and projects around the State, please visit http://www.water.nsw.gov.au/