Member for Bathurst, Paul Toole MP has welcomed today’s announcement that the NSW Government will introduce historic legislation to facilitate declared emergency drought works and fast track the construction of new dams across drought-stricken regional NSW.
Mr Toole said this legislation would truncate processes to fast track water projects in order to secure short-term water supply. In addition, three new dams will be given critical state significant infrastructure status.
“The legislation being introduced by the NSW Government is a game changer for our drought-affected communities,” Mr Toole said.
“On Sunday, State and Federal Liberals and Nationals joined to announce Dungowan Dam, Wyangala Dam and the Border Rivers project on the Mole River. This legislation will mean these projects, and others, will be delivered in faster time frames.”
Declared drought emergency works include:
- Macquarie River to Orange Pipeline
- Burrendong Dam deep storage works
- Chaffey Dam to Dungowan Village pipeline
The new legislation will have effect for two years and can be extended by up to 12 months by the Minister for Water, where towns continue to experience severe drought risks.
Mr Toole stated that there was no guarantee that this legislation would pass the NSW Parliament, and called on people in Bathurst Electorate to show their support for the legislation.
“If we are to ensure we have greater water storage capacity for the next drought, we must have these dams built before the next rainfall event. The dams must be built now.
“To make this happen, I am calling on everyone in Bathurst Electorate to visit www.buildthedams.com.au and tell the NSW Parliament to pass the bill.
The NSW Government are investing over $1.8 billion to support regional communities through the drought, including more than $130 million for emergency water infrastructure projects to protect over 180,000 residents of regional towns.
Anyone requiring assistance during the drought is encouraged to visit www.droughthub.nsw.gov.au