Wa­ter gets $500 mil­lion cash boost

The Riverine Herald - - NEWS -

A MORE than half a bil­lion dol­lar in­crease to the Na­tional Wa­ter In­fras­truc­ture De­vel­op­ment Fund could bol­ster the de­liv­ery of trans­for­ma­tional wa­ter projects for re­gional com­mu­ni­ties.

The more than $500 mil­lion boost will be used to work with state and ter­ri­tory gov­ern­ments to iden­tify and co­fund the con­struc­tion of new wa­ter in­fras­truc­ture projects across re­gional Aus­tralia, in­clud­ing the Mur­ray elec­torate.

“The Mur­ray elec­torate is renowned for its food pro­duc­tion, and we must have ac­cess to re­li­able wa­ter for our pro­duc­ers and pro­ces­sors,” Fed­eral Mem­ber for Mur­ray Damian Drum said.

“This his­toric in­jec­tion of funds will be a game changer for many of our com­mu­ni­ties. Lo­cal projects such as the Mi­ti­amo Pipe­line could ben­e­fit from this new fund­ing, with the pos­si­bil­ity of fu­ture projects also ac­cess­ing the fund.”

Deputy Prime Min­is­ter Michael McCor­mack said wa­ter se­cu­rity is a key pri­or­ity for the Lib­eral and Na­tion­als’ Gov­ern­ment.

“We aren’t afraid to back dams. We want to build more of them,” Mr McCor­mack said.

“If we want to cre­ate jobs and grow re­gional Aus­tralia then we need to add wa­ter.

“This an­nounce­ment will tur­bocharge the con­struc­tion of wa­ter in­fras­truc­ture in re­gional Aus­tralia be­cause our agri­cul­tural in­dus­tries ex­pect it and our com­mu­ni­ties de­serve it.

“Ac­cess to se­cure and af­ford­able wa­ter is crit­i­cal to the lives of many Aus­tralians in re­gional ar­eas and in­vest­ment in wa­ter in­fras­truc­ture is vi­tal to keep Aus­tralia thriv­ing, es­pe­cially dur­ing tough times of ex­tended drought.’’

For more in­for­ma­tion visit in­fras­truc­ture.gov.au/ in­fras­truc­ture/ w ate r-inf ra struc­ture/nw i-de­vel­op­ment­fund

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