Environmental Impact Statement
Water Infrastructure NSW has developed an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) as we seek approval to construct the New Dungowan Dam and Pipeline Project from the NSW Minister for Planning and Public Spaces and the Australian Minister for the Environment.
The EIS assesses the economic, environmental, and social impacts of the New Dungowan Dam and Pipeline Project and identifies measures to mitigate these impacts.
Engagement on the project and EIS began in January 2020 with webinars and community information sessions on the draft technical reports kicking off from June 2021 so community members and stakeholders could have their say on the reports prior to public exhibition.
The EIS is now on formal exhibition so community, government agencies and consent authorities can make informed submissions on the project.
Find out more about the EIS
In 2019 the then Prime Minister Scott Morrison and the then NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian announced the planning and delivery of three new or augmented dams in NSW. This includes replacing the existing Dungowan Dam near Tamworth.
The New Dungowan Dam will increase town water security for Tamworth and maintain the reliability of water for agriculture across the Peel Valley as Tamworth grows. This will enable future population growth for Tamworth, and together with Chaffey Dam, will maintain the productive level of Peel Valley’s general security, reliability and water use. The dam is going ahead.