Water Infrastructure to boost local jobs

Media release | 12 November 2021

The NSW Government is encouraging businesses in the Riverina to help deliver local projects as part of a more than $4 billion investment in water infrastructure across the state.

Minister for Water, Property and Housing Melinda Pavey said more than $330 million will be invested in water infrastructure in the Murray and Murrumbidgee regions in the next two-to-three years alone.

“We’re planning significant investments in water infrastructure projects which will create around 1300 jobs across the Murray and Murrumbidgee communities,” Mrs Pavey said.

“COVID lockdowns and border bubbles have been tough on local businesses and have highlighted the need to hire local community businesses to get the job done.

“We are aware that in the past some local businesses may not have been awarded contracts, as particular certifications were not met. . That’s why Water Infrastructure NSW is engaging with local businesses now to provide whatever assistance is needed so they’ll be ready to fill positions at every stage of the infrastructure delivery.”

Water Infrastructure NSW representatives today met with more than 80 local businesses in Moama to brief them on upcoming opportunities in the regions.

Projects already in the pipeline for the Southern region include:

  • Five Sustainable Diversion Limit Adjustment Mechanism program projects, under the State and Federal Government’s accelerated $330 million investment
  • The Wilcannia Weir Replacement Project
  • The Murray Darling Basin Joint Venture Program

Businesses opportunities include project design, construction, engineering, communications and stakeholder engagement, environmental assessment, and planning expertise.

Mrs Pavey said the projects will require complementary services including catering, accommodation, transport, graphic design and printing, waste management and cleaning.

“These infrastructure projects will help us improve water security and river health but to deliver these outcomes we need the support of the local community and industry.

“The NSW Government established Water Infrastructure NSW one year ago and I’m proud of the pipeline of projects already on the books which will deliver better outcomes for all water users and the environment.”

To learn more about projects in the pipeline for Water Infrastructure NSW visit https://dpie.nsw.gov.au/water/water-infrastructure-nsw