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Stage 1 Dungowan Pipeline Project

The Stage 1 Dungowan Pipeline Project will increase town water supply for Tamworth and water reliability for agriculture in the Peel Valley.

Pipes for the new Dungowan Dam at Calala in NSW.
Important announcement

The NSW Government has confirmed the Dungowan Dam project will not proceed following the Federal Government’s decision to withdraw funding.

However, Stage 1 of the pipeline remains on track to be completed and handed over to Tamworth Regional Council in 2023.

See the Minister for Water’s media release.

What's happening

Back Woolomin Road Bypass

As part of construction for the Stage 1 Dungowan Pipeline Project, a temporary bypass on Back Woolomin Road will be in place from early April (weather permitting).

The bypass, about 350 metres from the entry to the Dungowan Showground, will allow a single lane of traffic through the work area at 40km/h. These road conditions will be in effect for about six weeks.

Traffic control personnel will manage the bypass from 7am-5:30pm during the week and weekends. After hours, signal lights and signs will direct traffic.

The bypass road will accommodate cars, buses and heavy vehicles, as well as all emergency service vehicles. Oversized heavy vehicles will need to access Back Woolomin Road via the Woolomin township entry point.

Please adhere to all traffic management directions when using the temporary bypass.

Phone the Project team on 1800 318 045 or email dungowandamproject@dpie.nsw.gov.au if you have any questions.

Project progress

The 20km-long Stage 1 Dungowan Pipeline – from Calala Water Treatment Plant to Dungowan Village – started at the rear of the Tamworth Regional Council Water Treatment Facility on Gordon Street in February 2022, before moving along Campbell Road and into Harrier Parade.

Work then began on private properties at the Dungowan end of the pipeline. Ongoing discussions and planning with landowners along the route will ensure the final pipeline is laid in mid-2023.


  • A new 20km pipeline from Calala Water Treatment Plant to Dungowan Village to replace the existing 70-year-old infrastructure
  • Maximise local job opportunities, inject millions of dollars into the local economy and unlock new investment opportunities for the region.


  1. February 2022

    Stage 1 of the new pipeline begins connecting the Calala Water Treatment Plant to the Dungowan Showgrounds.

  2. January 2023

    Stage 1 of the pipeline is 60 per cent complete.

  3. Mid-2023

    Stage 1 of the new pipeline will be complete following commissioning and testing.

Important information

Note: Project timelines can be affected by a range of factors including weather conditions, increased time to carry out consultation and where technical analysis and assessments require further work or investigation. Water Infrastructure NSW places the highest priority on the safety and wellbeing of its staff and the communities with whom we work. This website will be regularly updated to notify communities of any changes.

Contact us

We are always happy to answer any questions about the project. To speak with the project team, phone 1800 318 045 or email dungowandamproject@dpie.nsw.gov.au

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