NATIONALS INTRODUCE HISTORIC LEGISLATION TO FAST TRACK DAMS ACROSS REGIONAL NSW
Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson has welcomed today’s announcement of historic legislation to facilitate declared emergency drought works and fast track the construction of new dams across drought-stricken regional NSW.
Mr Anderson said this legislation would cut processes to fast track water projects in order to secure short-term water supply. In addition, three new dams will be given critical state significant infrastructure status.
“The legislation being introduced is a game changer for our drought-affected communities.
“On Sunday, State and Federal Liberals and Nationals travelled to Tamworth to announce Dungowan Dam, Wyangala Dam and the Border Rivers project on the Mole River.
“This legislation will mean these projects, and others, will be delivered in faster time frames. I want to ensure there are no holdups with this project
“The construction of Dungowan Dam is future-proofing and I would love to see it completed ahead of schedule.
“We’re already getting on with the job to make sure Tamworth doesn’t run out of water with work on a $39 million, 17 to 20 km pipeline from Chaffey Dam to the Dungowan village expected to start in mid-November.
“It is only a couple of weeks away and the work is expected to finish by the end of February, early March.
“If we are to ensure we have greater water storage capacity for the next drought, we must have these dams built before the next rainfall event. The dams must be built now.
“To make this happen, I am calling on everyone in region to visit www.buildthedams.com.au and tell the NSW Parliament to pass the bill.
Anyone requiring assistance during the drought is encouraged to visit www.droughthub.nsw.gov.au