Water gets $500 million cash boost
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