Funding has been secured from federal and state governments to lay the foundation for a new 10 km pipeline and potential new dam in the Lachlan Valley.
The Federal and New South Wales governments have committed $6 million to undertake a business case for building a 10km pipeline from Lake Rowlands to Carcoar Dam.
The new infrastructure is intended to provide better access to water for farmers and residents in the Central Highlands region of New South Wales.
Plans also include the option of raising the existing Rowlands Lake dam or constructing a new dam downstream.
The proposed new dam would increase water storage capacity from 4 gigalitres (GL) to between 8.5 GL and 30 GL, while the new pipeline from Rowlands Lake to Carcoar Dam would transfer 25 megalitres (ML) of water per day.
Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Minister Barnaby Joyce said providing this water security is key to driving growth and prosperity in the region.
“A safe and reliable water supply would help unlock the economic potential of new and expanded agricultural opportunities, and this business case is the first step to help achieve that goal in the central highlands,” Joyce said.
“The Liberal federal and national government is doing the job, building the water infrastructure Australians need to live, grow and move forward.”
The business case will inform government actions to address future water security issues.
The Australian Government is providing $2.7 million for the Belubula Water Security Program Business Case, with the New South Wales Government contributing $3.3 million.
For more information, visit the National Water Grid website.