NSW Nationals Member for Upper Hunter Michael Johnsen has announced a vital water pipeline from Scone to Murrurundi is one step closer with the project going out to tender this week.

Mr Johnsen said that the current dry conditions have seen the introduction of severe water restrictions in town with emergency water sources put in place to ensure residents can still access water.

“This is brilliant news for the Murrurundi community who are very eager for work to start on this important water security project,” Mr Johnsen said. “Once complete, this pipeline will ensure the community has a reliable, clean water supply that will see them through drought conditions and allow for further growth and development.”

The Scone to Murrurundi Pipeline is a $14.2 million project to deliver portable water from Glenbawn Dam near Scone to Murrurundi and the villages of Parkville, Wingen and Blandford via a 40 kilometre underground pipeline. A pump station, tanks and other associated equipment will also be installed. Murrurundi and its villages currently source their water from the Murrurundi Dam which is connected to Pages River.

“Upper Hunter Shire Council has been awarded more than $13 million in Restart NSW funding towards the project as part of the Water Security for Regions program, with the council funding the remaining cost,” Mr Johnsen said. “The Scone to Murrurundi Pipeline is a critical water infrastructure upgrade that will remove a lot of the stress associated with secure access to water for our communities and I am extremely proud the Nationals in Government are providing the majority of its funding.”

“The announcement is part of the NSW Government’s ongoing commitment to water infrastructure for regional communities, through the Water Security for Regions program and the new $1 billion Safe and Secure Water program.”

“We cannot afford to take water our local security for granted in the Upper Hunter electorate, and the Scone to Murrurundi pipeline is another crucial step in making sure communities like Murrurundi, Parkville, Wingen and Blandford have reliable access to one of our most precious commodities,” Mr Johnsen said.

Council hope to award the tender early next year and the new pipeline is expected to be in place in 2020.