The NSW Nationals in the federal government are providing another $22.3 million for the development of eight water infrastructure projects to help secure our future.
Deputy Prime Minister and Nationals leader Michael McCormack said the NSW Nationals in the federal government are delivering the infrastructure that forms the National Water Grid as part of a $3.5 billion investment to secure our water future.
“We have already committed more than $1.5 billion to over 20 water infrastructure projects with a total construction value in excess of $2.6 billion. Of these, eight have already been completed,” Mr McCormack said.
“The NSW Nationals in the federal government are demonstrating our commitment to supporting Australia’s regional economies over the long term and strengthening our 10-year rolling program of priority water infrastructure investments.
“The development of robust business cases is an important step to support and inform evidence-based investment decisions, as we look to identify and build the dams, weirs, pipelines, water recycling plants and other projects that will form the National Water Grid.”
Two of the projects involved are the Lostock Dam to Glennies Creek Dam pipeline and the Nyngan to Cobar pipeline.
NSW Nationals Senator Perin Davey welcomed the investment in the two-way Lostock Dam to Glennies Creek Dam project, which would form part of the Hunter Valley’s bulk water supply network.
“This funding commitment is great news for local communities, agricultural water users and the construction industry,” Senator Davey said.
“This commitment shows the NSW Nationals in the federal government’s investment framework in action, driving future investment decisions in nationally significant water infrastructure projects, including those that will directly benefit the Hunter Region.
“The staged development of business cases, like the ones we are investing in through the 2021–22 Budget, will provide a wealth of information and investigative analysis to support future decisions on moving these projects into construction.”