Project benefits would include:
- reduced water security risks for major regional towns and high priority water needs in the catchment’s west
- better water supply for high priority needs in the west of the catchment and connected valleys
- improved drought security for water dependent industries driving the economy
- maintained flows into the Macquarie Marshes.
The NSW and Australian Governments are jointly funding $9.35 million to deliver a final business case for the project, with the Australian Government contributing through the National Water Grid Fund.
The funding will allow the NSW Government to conduct detailed planning work and technical, environmental and cultural heritage assessments, alongside broad community and stakeholder consultation to ensure the best infrastructure solutions are progressed.
The outcomes of these studies and consultations will be included in the final business case, which will guide project future funding decisions by the NSW and Australian Governments.
The department’s Water Group is committed to building and maintaining respectful, trusted and collaborative relationships with our communities and stakeholders to ensure water infrastructure projects achieve the best possible outcomes.
We will be offering opportunities for communities and stakeholders, including First Nations communities, to engage with us and provide feedback as we develop the Final Business Case for the project.
Upcoming engagement opportunities will be highlighted on this project webpage and on the Water Group’s have your say page.