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New Dungowan Dam and Pipeline

Environmental Impact Statement

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 will start first. A Review of Environmental Factors (REF) is being completed for these early works and will be shared with the community before work starts.

Stage 2 is the proposed new Dungowan Dam and the remaining pipeline from Dungowan Village to the dam. Stage 2 will not be confirmed until the Final Business Case and Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) are approved. The EIS is being developed using the most likely scenarios for how it would 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 proposed new Dungowan Dam and pipeline project is a State Significant Development. All State Significant Developments require an EIS as part of their application.

The Department of Planning, Industry 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. You can see all reports that make up the EIS below.

What reports make up the EIS
Reports that make up the EIS.

The EIS process

The EIS will go on formal exhibition so the community, government agencies and consent authorities can make informed submissions on the project.

Before then, we want to talk to you about each draft technical report to hear your feedback and answer your questions.

We will then consider your feedback and incorporate it where relevant before the EIS goes on public exhibition.

If you still have feedback at this point, you can make a formal submission to the department through their website or by post. These are compiled into a Submissions Report that is considered by the department when assessing whether to approve the project, and deciding on the project conditions.

EIS process
Where are we up to in the process.

EIS reports

We will be talking about each draft report as they become available.

You can view summaries of the reports that are already out, give us your feedback or ask us a question below.

Download the fact sheets and give feedback

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?

To receive project updates, please email us your details dungowandamproject@dpie.nsw.gov.au or follow us on Facebook below.

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Community sessions

Register for details and to RSVP for the community webinar.

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In the community

As well as holding community sessions and webinars, the team will visit places around Tamworth and Dungowan over the coming months to make sure everyone knows about the EIS, and that their feedback is needed.

If there’s a community event or meeting where you would like to hear project updates or EIS information from the project team, let us know by email or phone so we can come along and chat with you and the community about the EIS.

We will also leave information in places around Tamworth and Dungowan that you can look at in your own time.