Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson today on the floor of NSW Parliament asked Deputy Premier Andrew Stoner what further opportunities were available for communities to ensure water security.


Mr Anderson said that the Split Rock to Barraba pipeline demonstrated how important water infrastructure is and as the drought conditions in the Tamworth electorate continue, water security is a key issue.


“The Deputy Premier has invited applications from Local Government Areas, including Tamworth Regional Council, for infrastructure upgrades under the NSW Government’s Water Security for Regions Program.


“Water security is vital and the community needs to have confidence that there are resources available to cope with dry weather conditions in the future.


“We need to be focussing on how to prepare for drought and enhancing our local infrastructure to provide better water security.


“I am encouraging local councils to submit their projects and apply for the funding and not miss out,” Mr Anderson said.


They will be assessed by the NSW Office of Water and Infrastructure NSW with assistance from the Regional Independent Assessment Panel. Submissions close 30 June 2014.


“It is now more important than ever, with water restrictions in place and drought conditions in some sectors continuing, we need to be focussing on ways to prepare.


“This Government cares about regional communities and I thank Deputy Premier Andrew Stoner for continuing to think about us in times of need,” Mr Anderson concluded.

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