Graziers near Broken Hill will soon benefit from improved water security thanks to a new dedicated pipeline to replace the deteriorating structure.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Barnaby Joyce said this project is co-funded under the Australian Government’s National Water Grid Connections funding pathway, through the $3.5 billion National Water Grid Fund.
“Connections recognises that small-scale infrastructure projects individually may make localised improvements to water outcomes, while collectively they can make nationally significant contributions to the National Water Grid,” the Deputy Prime Minister said.
“The Australian Government is providing $108 million to deliver 40 new projects through the National Water Grid Connections funding pathway, improving water security and reliability across the nation – including right here in regional New South Wales.”
Federal Member for Parkes Mark Coulton said the Graziers Pipeline project will change the primary water source for the graziers from the Darling River to water from Stephen’s Creek Reservoir via the Murray to Broken Hill Pipeline.
“Water is the lifeblood of our communities and this project will provide a critical supply for local graziers, ensuring they are prepared for future droughts,” Mr Coulton said.
“Importantly, in the context of the region’s economic recovery, this project will employ up to 20 full-time local workers as well.
“The project is expected to take six months to complete, with construction expected to wrap up by November 2022.”
State Upper House MP Sam Farraway said the new Broken Hill to Menindee Graziers pipeline will eliminate the issues plaguing the existing pipeline, improving water access and security for graziers.
“The liner of the existing pipeline has deteriorated severely, leading to continual bursts and failures under normal operating pressure,” Mr Farraway said.
“This funding will restore water graziers’ water security with the construction of a new, fit-for-purpose pipeline, running from Stephen’s Creek Dam all the way through to near Sunset Strip.
“The new pipeline will give sheep and cattle farming businesses access to a dedicated water source with improved reliability and quality.
“We know how much the Broken Hill economy relies on agriculture and primary industry, both directly and indirectly, so it’s essential we protect the water security of our farmers.”
NSW Minister for Water, Property and Housing Melinda Pavey said the new pipeline will provide graziers with confidence in their water supply, especially during drought.
“Broken Hill is in one of the driest areas of NSW and many river systems dried completely during the recent five-year drought,” Minister Pavey said.
“Reliable water supply is crucial to support communities and allow them to grow and prosper. This pipeline will ensure farmers have access to a reliable water source for years to come.
“Through this and other infrastructure projects we are working together to create a stronger and more resilient regional NSW.”
The NSW Connections package is jointly funded by the Australian Government ($15.8 million) and the NSW Government alongside other partners ($24.3 million) and consists of five projects: Lake Wyangan Water Sustainability project, Walcha Off-Stream Water Storage, West Wyalong Water Reliability project, Broken Hill to Menindee Graziers Pipeline and Urbenville Water Supply project.
For more information, visit www.nationalwatergrid.gov.au.