Dungowan Dam is now deemed a critical piece of state-significant infrastructure, endorsed by legislation that will speed up the process of construction.
Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson has used a speech in Parliament today supporting the Water Supply (Critical Needs) Bill 2019 and describing the legislation as ‘urgently needed’.
“This Bill is great news for Tamworth – it will speed up the construction of the Chaffey Dam to Dungowan pipeline while still ensuring environmental and other assessments will be undertaken where relevant to the works. 
“This Bill also declares the new Dungowan Dam to be Critical State Significant Infrastructure.
“The new $480 million Dungowan Dam is about protecting Tamworth for the future by securing the long term water supply and is a game changer for water reliability for the city and the region’s economy.  
“I congratulate the Tamworth Regional Council for their foresight to buy the land that will be used for a brand new Dungowan Dam. 
“So we can now get on with the job of building a 22 Gigalitres dam, which will in turn, provide the water security we need well into the future.
“Work on the new pipeline to Dungowan is now underway and Council expects work to be completed by the end of February or early March 2020. 
“I will be pushing hard for work to begin upgrading the original Dungowan pipeline removing any risk of failure of the ageing pipeline and further reinforcing Tamworth’s water supply.
“This Bill kick-starts the urgent action Tamworth needs in this drought and also ensures streamlined, but robust assessment of the first new dam to be built in NSW in 30 years as a priority for Government,” Mr Anderson concluded.


By declaring the new dam and associated works to be critical state infrastructure under the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 it ensures five important points:
1. That the project must be subject to an Environmental Impact Statement;
2. That the project must be subject to public consultation on that Environment Impact Statement;
3. That the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment’s assessment report and the application determination, including conditions of consent or reasons for refusal must be made public;
4. That the decisions on the project’s approval and conditions of consent are made by the Minister for Planning for Public Spaces; and , 
5. That an environmental planning assessment decision will be made in a timely fashion.

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