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New Dungowan Dam and Pipeline

Environmental Impact Statement

Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) on public exhibition | Wednesday 26 October – Friday 9 December 2022

Project planning

The proposed New Dungowan Dam and pipeline is split into two stages.

Stage 1 is the pipeline from Calala Water Treatment Plant to Dungowan Village. This will establish a new reliable connection from the recently completed Chaffey Dam pipeline to Tamworth’s town water supply. Stage 1 is known as early works and began first. A Review of Environmental Factors (REF) was completed for these early works can be found here.

Stage 2 is the new Dungowan Dam and the remaining pipeline from Dungowan Village to the dam. Stage 2 will only be confirmed once the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) is approved. The EIS has been developed using the most likely scenarios for how it will be constructed if approved.

Proposed New Dungowan Dam and pipeline is split into two stages.
Proposed New Dungowan Dam and pipeline is split into two stages.

What is the EIS?

The new Dungowan Dam and pipeline project is a State Significant Infrastructure (SSI) Project. All State Significant Developments require an EIS as part of their application.

The Department of Planning and Environment (the Department) Secretary’s Environmental Assessment Requirements (SEARs) are set out for the project and the EIS is developed in accordance with them.

The purpose of the EIS is to assess the potential economic, environmental and social impacts of the project.

Extensive environmental investigations began in June 2020. These form a range of technical reports on a variety of topics that make up the EIS. These topics include traffic and transport, construction impacts, biodiversity, Aboriginal and European heritage, flooding and many more.

Engagement before public exhibition

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. Over this time, the project team has:

  • held and attended more than 60 community information events engaging more than 1,230 community members
  • held more than 100 meetings with stakeholders
  • engaged regularly with 18 Registered Aboriginal Parties to collaborate on the EIS technical studies

These events and activities have provided the community and stakeholders with opportunities to learn about the project, the EIS report findings, how potential impacts would be avoided or managed, ask questions and give feedback.

Thank you to everyone that has shared their feedback! We have considered it all and incorporated into the project wherever possible.

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Where are we up to in the process.

Public exhibition

The EIS public exhibition period has now closed.

From 26 October to Friday 9 December 2022, the EIS was on formal exhibition so community, government agencies and consent authorities could make informed submissions on the project.

The community was informed of the exhibition in advance and throughout the exhibition period via email, the local newspapers, post cards in their letterboxes and Facebook.

Over the six-week exhibition period the EIS was available online, at the Tamworth Regional Council, Kevin Anderson’s Office, DPE Office and the Tamworth Public Library.

The project team were available to answer questions at seven community events, via the project email and the 1800 number.

Thank you to everyone that engaged with us.

What happens next

Once submissions have closed, a submissions report is compiled for the Department to consider. The report and all submissions will be published on the Department's website.

The Department then seeks advice from relevant government agencies and may meet with key stakeholders to get a better understanding of community views on the project.

The Department will then complete its assessment of the merits of the project in accordance with government legislation, policies and guidelines and prepare an assessment report.

Once complete, the Department will publish the assessment report online and ask the Minister for Planning to determine the project.

Once the application is assessed the Department will:

  • publish the decision on their website
  • give public notice of the reasons for the decision and how community views were considered.
  • The project team will also keep the community informed via email and our regular information sessions. If you haven’t already, you can sign-up for regular updates below.
Contact us

If you have any feedback, suggestions or insights to share about traffic and transport, we want to hear from you.

If you would like to talk to us about something else, email us at dungowandamproject@dpie.nsw.gov.au or phone us on 1800 318 045.

Where can you find us?

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