Providing water security for regional communities

13 November 2014

NSW Waterway

Twenty-nine local infrastructure projects in regional NSW have been shortlisted for potential funding under the $366m Water Security for Regions program.

Funded through Restart NSW, Water Security for Regions forms part of the NSW Government's efforts to deliver water resources and infrastructure to help communities in need and prepare farmers for future drought conditions.

Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional Infrastructure and Services Troy Grant said the shortlisted applicants can apply for a share of up to $83 million in funding in this round.

Shortlisted projects include:

  • New pipelines in the Broken Hill, Cabonne, Orange, Tweed and Upper Hunter local government areas;
  • Bore projects in Brewarrina, Conargo, Cowra, Gilgandra and Warrumbungle Shires; and
  • Water supply upgrades in Bombala, Carrathool and Upper Lachlan Shires.

"Water Security for Regions was announced earlier this year as a key part of the NSW Liberals and Nationals Government's efforts to provide improved water security for regional communities," Mr Grant said.

"$38 million has already been allocated under the program for projects across the State, including in areas currently affected by drought. The 2014–15 Budget allocated an additional $325 million from Restart NSW to support Water Security for Regions.

"Up to $83 million is available in this latest round of funding, which has seen 61 Expressions of Interest from 39 eligible local government areas."

Mr Grant said the Regional Independent Assessment Panel, which included representatives from NSW Farmers, NSW Local Government and Infrastructure NSW, had selected the shortlist.

"Shortlisted projects have been selected on merit by the Regional Independent Assessment Panel, with favourability given to those that will have the highest impact on water security as soon as possible,"Mr Grant said.

"All shortlisted project proponents now need to prepare detailed applications, further demonstrating how they will improve economic growth and productivity in the State, while also providing greater access to water."

The total expected value of all 29 shortlisted water projects is $142.3 million. Infrastructure NSW will brief all applicants to assist them in meeting the deadline for final detailed applications.

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