New fund for NSW regional water infrastructure
The NSW Government has established a $1 billion fund for the NSW Safe & Secure Water Program, an initiative established to develop and improve water infrastructure for regional communities. Providing co-funding with successful applicants, the program will target water and sewerage projects to ensure water infrastructure meets contemporary standards for water security, public health, environmental and safety outcomes. Premier Gladys Berejiklian said the Scone Water Treatment program is among an initial eight projects shortlisted to share in the funding. “Everyone in NSW deserves access to reliable and high-quality water, and the Safe & Secure Water Program has been established to enable communities to reach their potential,” Berejiklian said “We have already committed $500 million to construct our flagship Murray River to Broken Hill pipeline project, and we are now getting on with delivering critical local water and wastewater infrastructure elsewhere in the state.” NSW Regional Water Minister Niall Blair said the program will prioritise key water infrastructure projects under a new catchment-wide framework. “I encourage water authorities in regional NSW to work together and bring their best ideas to the table, because the Safe & Secure Water Program guidelines will be released shortly, with funding to be determined on a competitive basis,” Blair said. “The NSW Government will draw on an innovative new catchment-wide framework to guide the prioritisation of projects, based on security of supply, health and infrastructure risks and emerging issues that can impact on supply and demand.” Expressions of interest under the program have been open since July 2017, and are open to local councils, water utilities and corporations, and dam owners. For more information about the Safe and Secure Water Program, visit DPI Water.