Replacing the current Dungowan Dam with a new, larger dam would improve water availability and security in the Peel Valley.
Transition to Water Infrastructure NSW
As of 1 July 2021, responsibility for the proposed Dungowan Dam project transitioned from WaterNSW to the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment’s Water Infrastructure NSW, which is a Division of the Water Group.
For project continuity, key project staff have also moved across and previous WaterNSW project specific contact points (i.e. email and phone numbers) are being forwarded.
The NSW Government has released a 20-year infrastructure options study for rural river valleys which addresses future challenges in operating regulated river systems. The objective of the study was to guide water infrastructure investment by all levels of government.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison and NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian have announced a jointly funded package of around $1.1 billion for the planning and delivery of three new or augmented dams in NSW. This includes the replacement of the existing Dungowan Dam near Tamworth.
The Peel Valley supports Tamworth and other smaller townships, as well as irrigated agriculture and industry.
The principle objective of the Dungowan Dam project is to secure the long-term water supply security for the regional city of Tamworth. Further, the project will enable future population growth for Tamworth, which together with an already-augmented Chaffey Dam will maintain a productive level of general security reliability and water use for irrigation. Over time, this objective is expected to underpin water affordability that will support broader agricultural productivity benefits for the region.
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Planning and delivery
For detailed project planning information please visit the NSW Government Planning portal.
Frequently Asked Questions
Environmental Impact Statement
Water Infrastructure NSW is developing an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) as we seek approval to construct the project from the NSW Minister for Planning and Public Spaces and the Australian Minister for the Environment.
The EIS will assess the economic, environmental, and social impacts of the proposed Dungowan Dam and Pipeline and identify measures to mitigate these impacts.
A comprehensive range of environmental, technical and heritage studies is underway for the EIS, which will go on public display in 2021.
Social impact assessment
The EIS process includes a Social Impact Assessment (SIA) to address the potential social impacts and benefits of the project to the local area, the region and the state. The SIA survey is now closed, thank you to everyone who participated.
View more information about the Social Impact Assessment and EIS (PDF, 176.65 KB).
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- Dungowan Dam and Peel Valley - Feasibility Study (PDF, 1.6 MB)
- Construction Industry Briefing FAQs (PDF, 189.8 KB)
- Construction Industry Briefing - May 2020 (PDF, 3.2 MB)
- NSW Govt Media release - 31 March 2020 (PDF, 125.8 KB)
- Critical State Significant Infrastructure Dams - March 2020 (PDF, 342.5 KB)