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Mole River Dam

The proposed Mole River Dam would provide better water security for the Border Rivers region by making more water available to communities, agriculture and the environment.

Mole River
Project update

  • After extensive and rigorous investigations and a cost benefit analysis, the NSW Government has determined the Mole River Dam Project will not go ahead because it is not viable. View the media release.
  • Water Infrastructure NSW will be returning Aboriginal artefacts that were collected as part of the draft Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Assessment (ACHA) for the Project.

Background

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.

The Prime Minister and then NSW Premier announced a jointly funded package of around $1 billion for the planning and delivery of three new or augmented dams in NSW. This includes $24 million for a Final Business Case for building a new dam on Mole River, in the Border Rivers region of NSW.

The Border Rivers is a large catchment that services both NSW and QLD users. Its water supply is serviced by three relatively small catchment dams and large on-farm storages. A new dam will have the potential to secure more water in flood sequences so in drier times more water would be available to communities, agriculture and the environment.

In June 2022, after extensive and rigorous investigations and a cost benefit analysis, the NSW Government has determined the Mole River Dam Project will not go ahead because it is not viable. View the media release.

Location map

Map of Mole River
Map of Mole River Dam
Contact us

To speak with the project team, phone 1800 560 729 or email moleriverdamproject@dpie.nsw.gov.au

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