Drought-proofing our communities and securing clean, reliable water supply.

The Nationals in Government are taking action to support our regional communities experiencing one of the worst droughts on record.

Backed by our $4.2 billion Snowy Hydro Legacy Fund, we will boost funding for water security to over $1.4 billion, prioritising investment into dams, weirs, and pipelines.

Our first major water project will be raising the wall of Wyangala Dam, delivering water security and flood mitigation for residents and farmers along the Lachlan River.

And there is more to come with other priority projects such as Lostock to Glennies Creek Pipeline; Hunter Water to Singleton Pipeline; Gin Gin Weir; and Lake Rowlands to Lake Carcoar pipeline, all under assessment.

Further investment will be guided by 12 regional water strategies – six of these to be fast-tracked – that align with the needs of each catchment area.

Australia will always have drought. We can’t make it rain, but as a nation, we can build transformational water infrastructure for future generations.

That’s why the Nationals in Government are calling for a national approach towards drought proofing the east coast of Australia.

To kickstart the conversation we will commit $25 million as a down payment towards scoping and investigative studies, contingent on matching funding from the Commonwealth and other States.

Our record of investing in water infrastructure is clear. Already we have co-funded over 215 water projects, delivering $930 million in projects such as the Malpas Dam to Guyra pipeline, Cobar water treatment plant replacement, and Narrabri water supply augmentation.

The Nationals in Government have already completed the $500 million pipeline from Wentworth to Broken Hill, which will deliver water to Broken Hill in coming weeks, ensuring it has a secure long-term source of drinking water.

The project’s construction was completed under budget and ahead of time.

The Nationals in Government will:

•Use the $4.2 billion Snowy Hydro Legacy Fund to back more investment in regional dams, pipelines and weirs, as well as projects that reduce evaporation and seepage in priority catchments.

•Invest a total $1.4 billion on water security projects,including $650 million to raise the wall of the Wyangala Dam as a first priority.

•Push for a national approach towards drought proofing the east coast of Australia and commit $25 million as a down payment towards scoping and investigative studies.

•Fast-track regional water strategies so all 12 strategies are delivered by 2020.

•Deliver a $1.5 billion drought package.