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Chaffey Dam augmentation project to improve water supply security for Tamworth and Peel Valley irrigators: contingent on NSW government and other stakeholders meeting funding shares

Posted by waterweek on 10 October 2007

Malcolm Turnbull MP (Minister for the Environment and Water Resources) answering a question from Tony Windsor MP (Independent) as to whether the minister could guarantee to the people of Tamworth that the upgrade to the Chaffey Dam would proceed, stated that the contribution of $6½ million to the Chaffey Dam augmentation project would improve water supply security for Tamworth and Peel Valley irrigators.

Funding sources explained: Turnbull said the funding was provided through the Australian government water fund, which was administered by the National Water Commission and was contingent, as was all funding through the water fund, on the National Water Commission being satisfied with the business plan and being satisfied that the project was shown to be consistent with the National Plan for Water Security, the National Water Initiative and the Australian government’s environmental standards.

Environmental permitting hurdle ahead: Turnbull said the dam expansion would undoubtedly be referred for consideration as a controlled action under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act, so that was an environmental permitting hurdle that it had to meet.

In the hands of other people: Turnbull stated: “The funding is also contingent on the New South Wales government and other stakeholders meeting their agreed funding shares. I am optimistic that those conditions can be met, but they are in large measure in the hands of other people. The honourable member must understand that all water funding out of the Australian government water fund has to meet these or similar conditions.”

Reference: Malcolm Turnbull, Minister for the Environment and Water Resources, Federal Member for Wentworth, House of Representatives, Commonwealth, 20 September 2007.

Erisk Net, 7/10/2007

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