$245m invested by NSW government to upgrade and build three dams


Aimed at improving water security throughout New South Wales, three projects will soon get underway as the State Government looks to invest $245 million for Stage 1 of the Wyangala Dam and Dungowan Dam projects, as well as investigations on a new dam on the Mole river. 

All of these projects are expected to generate hundreds of jobs for the region, secure water for the surrounding communities and provide meaningful social and economical benefits for hundreds of local businesses and residents. 

This investment will be used to start pre-construction and preliminary works on the Wyangala Dam and the new Dungowan Dam. The projects were recently declared by the State as Critical State Significant Infrastructure.

“The time is now to build dams in NSW, to be bold in our vision for regional communities and take control of our future.

“Today sets a new precedent for building dams in NSW and will act as the blueprint for growing the prosperity in our regions by investing in our state’s water security,” Deputy Premier John Barilaro said.

The three projects are going to be delivered through the Australian and New South Wales Governments’ $1.1 billion joint investment. These projects were also been highlighted in WaterNSW’s 20-year Water Infrastructure Study.

“Last year, the NSW Government made a commitment to build new dams in NSW and despite the challenges of COVID-19 we are getting on with the job of delivering these essential projects, which will benefit local communities now and into the future.

“These once-in-a-generation infrastructure projects will improve water security for farming, irrigation, industry and homes and boost local economies,” Minister for Water, Property and Housing Melinda Pavey said.

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