Ministers for the Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities The Hon Michael McCormack MP Deputy Prime MinisterMinister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Senator the Hon Bridget McKenzie Minister for Regional ServicesMinister for SportMinister for Local Government and Decentralisation The Hon Alan Tudge MP Minister for Cities, Urban Infrastructure and Population The Hon Sussan Ley MP Assistant Minister for Regional Development and Territories The Hon Andrew Gee MP Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Andrew Broad MP Former Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Scott Buchholz MP Assistant Minister for Roads and Transport The Hon Barnaby Joyce MPFormer Deputy Prime MinisterFormer Minister for Infrastructure and Transport The Hon Dr John McVeigh MPFormer Minister for Regional Development, Territories and Local Government The Hon Keith Pitt MPFormer Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Damian Drum MPFormer Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister Senator the Hon Fiona Nash Former Minister for Regional DevelopmentFormer Minister for Local Government and Territories The Hon Darren Chester MP Former Minister for Infrastructure and TransportFormer A/g Minister for Regional DevelopmentFormer A/g Minister for Local Government and Territories The Hon Warren Truss MP Former Deputy Prime Minister Former Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development The Hon Paul Fletcher MP Former Minister for Urban Infrastructure and Cities The Hon Jamie Briggs MP Former Assistant Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development

Keeping the Norfolk Island Community Updated

Community update

SLCU002/2019

23 February 2019

Dear residents

Like many of you, I am concerned about the water situation on Norfolk Island after an extended period of low rainfall.

My Department is considering options to complement the work of the Norfolk Island Regional Council to develop a long term water strategy.

I appreciate and acknowledge that some very practical suggestions have been put forward by the community about the security and supply of water. Options we are considering include:

  • exploring a mobile desalination plant and the associated generator and fuel requirements
  • considering an assessment of water saving and collection measures
  • working with CSIRO to develop a project to complement Council’s efforts to assess bore water and tank resources.

It is also important for the island to have in place a plan to respond to unexpected events.

Emergency management is a function delivered by Norfolk Island Regional Council. The Department is working with Council to obtain reliable data and is planning to facilitate a workshop, involving all relevant parties to explore a range of scenarios in a water emergency situation and develop response plans.

The Administrator has asked the Emergency Management Norfolk Island (EMNI) Committee to consider a potential critical water event in the same way it would consider other natural disasters.

Sussan