NSW Nationals Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson said a report detailing the next steps for the construction of a new Dungowan Dam is expected soon.

Mr Anderson said he had been working hard to move forward the planning and construction of this important piece of water infrastructure.

“I recently met with Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack’s chief water adviser in Canberra to start the process of releasing $75 million in funding for a Dungowan Dam proposal,” Mr Anderson said. “I impressed on him the need to start the process. We need to get the geo-technical studies in hand and this will start the Environmental Impact Studies, and have preliminary and final designs completed.”

“We need to fuel up the dozers and earth-scrapers, it’s vital we get the process rolling as soon as possible.”

“I have been in constant communication with the NSW Water Minister Melinda Pavey, who is doing everything in her power to support the push to build a new Dungowan Dam,” Mr Anderson said. “Minister Pavey understands the critical situation we are in and addition to her push for a new dam, recently granted $5.3 million in emergency water funding for a pipeline from Chaffey Dam to join the Tamworth Regional Council pipeline at Dungowan.”

“This is going to save the loss of about 17,000 megalitres of water from the Peel between Chaffey and Dungowan – it’s going to be a real game changer.”

“Community consultation is continuing regarding this project. It is clear that doing nothing is not an option,” Mr Anderson said. “We have a strong plan for water security, delivering the pipeline from Chaffey Dam and ultimately constructing a new Dungowan Dam. The NSW Government is working closely with Tamworth Regional Council and I urge the Federal Government to release water infrastructure funding to help us get on with the job.”