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As part of the $108 million National Water Grid Connections funding pathway, the Tasmanian Government has received $20 million in federal funding for four water projects to improve water quality and efficacy, including upgrades to sewerage pump stations, and water and irrigation scheme expansions.

These four new projects will each receive $5 million of federal funding to deliver enhanced water reliability while also promoting regional economic growth and sustainability.

The successful projects are:

  • $5 million for the augmentation of the Greater Meander Irrigation Scheme
  • $5 million for Shellfish Lease Water Quality Improvement Program to upgrade sewerage pump stations close to shellfish lease areas
  • $5 million for an expansion of the Penna Recycled Water Scheme
  • $5 million for the South Arm Recycled Water Pipeline, which is a reuse scheme to deliver irrigation water to the South Arm Peninsula

The National Water Grid Connections initiative is designed to deliver the construction of smaller-scale projects to provide short-term economic stimulus and to support primary production and unlock potential in regional communities.

Up to $20 million was made available for each state and territory to deliver projects over the next two years, with an Australian Government contribution of up to $5 million per project.

Assistant Minister for Industry Development, Jonno Duniam, said the Government was delighted to support the South Arm Recycled Water Pipeline in Tasmania, which will transfer water from Blackmans Bay Water Treatment Plant to the South Arm Peninsula. 

“The pipeline will improve the resilience and reliability of South Arm’s water infrastructure, ensuring a stronger future for water security across the region,” Mr Duniam said. 

“It will strengthen the local economy of South Arm, support agricultural production and lead to new investment in economic activities in the region.” 

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development, Barnaby Joyce, said through this funding pathway, the Australian Government is investing in packages of water infrastructure projects brought forward by states and territories right across the country to improve water reliability and efficiency. 

“The National Water Grid Connections is all about driving the construction of smaller-scale projects over the next two years to provide short-term economic stimulus,” Mr Joyce said.

“The cumulative impact for the National Water Grid will be significant. Collectively, these projects are expected to support over 7,000 hectares of irrigable land and connect 400 new customers. An additional 13,000 customers are expected to benefit from improved water access or reliability. 

“Up to 1,175 jobs will be supported during construction, with over 2,550 ongoing and up to 500 more seasonal jobs set to be created nationally. 

“The $3.5 billion National Water Grid Fund is paving the way to national water security, while promoting local economic activity and job creation along the way.”

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