Long-term water security could be in the pipeline for the Cobar region, with the Australian Government providing $1 million for the development of a business case for the proposed upgrade of the Nyngan to Cobar Pipeline.
Federal Member for Parkes Mark Coulton welcomed the study into the proposed pipeline upgrade, which he said had the potential to secure Cobar’s future.
“This announcement is a significant first step to ensuring the future growth of Cobar that represents a region rich in resources,” Mr Coulton said.
“The current pipeline and pumping stations are the sole source of water supply to almost 4000 locals, and the assets are nearing the end of their design life.
“A pipeline upgrade would not only provide long-term regional water security and drought resilience for the region, but will help create economic stability so that the community can keep enjoying Cobar’s lifestyle.”
The funding for the detailed business case will include preliminary geotechnical investigations, detailed concept design, environmental and heritage assessments, and procurement strategy and cost estimates.
The Nyngan to Cobar Pipeline Upgrade is one of eight water infrastructure projects to share in $22.3 million in Federal Government funding to develop business cases.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack said these business cases will inform more investment in new water infrastructure as part of the National Water Grid investment pipeline.
“We have already committed more than $1.5 billion to over 20 water infrastructure projects with a total construction value in excess of $2.6 billion,” the Deputy Prime Minister said.
“Of these, eight have already been completed.
“The Australian Government is delivering the water infrastructure that forms the National Water Grid as part of our $3.5 billion investment to secure Australia’s water future.
“By investing in business cases we are demonstrating our commitment to supporting Australia’s regional economies over the long term and strengthening our 10-year rolling program of priority water infrastructure investments.
“The development of robust business cases is an important step to support and inform evidence-based investment decisions, as we look to identify and build the dams, weirs, pipelines, water recycling plants and other projects that will form the National Water Grid.
“Good planning leads to good delivery.”
For further information, visit www.nationalwatergrid.gov.au.