Half a billion reasons the future of water infrastructure is in 'dam' good shape

New water infrastructure is a step closer today with the Morrison-McCormack Government doubling its cash contribution for the Wyangala and Dungowan Dam projects, providing an additional $283.5 million.

As part of our economic plan for a more secure and resilient Australia, the Liberal and Nationals Government’s cash commitment will increase to $242 million for Dungowan Dam, 60 kilometres from Tamworth and $325 million for Wyangala Dam, 40 kilometres from Cowra.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack said this new cash investment for the two projects, as part of the 2020-21 Budget, showed how serious the Australian Government was about getting these dams built.

“These dams will increase inland water storage by the equivalent of 1.2 Sydney Harbours and we want to see benefits flowing to local communities as soon as possible,” the Deputy Prime Minister said.

“We want to deliver critical water infrastructure projects for rural and regional communities because increased water security supports growth in Australian agriculture, creating new jobs and supporting existing ones as we build greater resilience to drought and floods.

“We know the economic road out of this pandemic relies on funding major infrastructure to support local communities and create jobs and these dam projects will do exactly that.

“Negotiations on the funding agreement for the Dungowan and Wyangala projects are close to being finalised and main construction works will begin after the environmental approvals are in place.”

In October 2019, the Australian and New South Wales Governments committed to co-fund the construction of these projects, along with $12 million each towards the development of a detailed $24 million business case for the proposed Mole River Dam.

This new capital grant funding replaces previous loan arrangements agreed with the NSW Government.

The National Water Infrastructure Development Fund is the Australian Government’s investment in building the next generation of water infrastructure, which will secure reliable supplies of water now and into the future. For further information, please visit www.nationalwatergrid.gov.au.

Media Contacts:

Deputy Prime Minister – Jo Williamson 0418 475 668 | Dean Shachar 0418 202 860