Minister visits drought stricken Coonabarabran

Media release | 11 July 2018

Minister for Regional Water, Niall Blair visited Coonabarabran today to inspect emergency water measures being put in place to address the threat of water shortages in the region.

The town in the state’s North West, which has around 2000 residents, now has the most severe water restrictions in the state as the main water supply, Timor Dam, has reached its lowest capacity since its construction in 1964.

“To stand in the dry Timor Dam is pretty confronting. The community has been working together to get through this difficult period and local MP Kevin Humphries has led the charge for additional help – which is why the NSW Government has provided the Warrumbungle Shire Council with $1.7 million in funding for emergency water works,” Mr Blair said.

“Coonabarabran is experiencing the worst effects of drought and facing serious water shortages with the town’s water supply at critically low levels. Timor Dam is below 23% and without significant rainfall, this will drop further over the coming weeks.

“Drought doesn’t just affect the land, it flows right through the heart of our communities and unfortunately Coonabarabran is facing some of the most severe effects.

“The emergency funding has allowed for the installation of ‘dead storage pumping’ equipment, emergency bores to access groundwater and water carting infrastructure.

“The funding will also be used to connect six bores to the water supply over the next three months.

“Once connected, these bores will put the town in a more sustainable position and less reliant on the flow from Castlereagh River.”

In addition to the financial assistance, the NSW Department of Industry will continue to work closely with the local council to ensure the delivery of essential water services to meet the town’s needs.