The New South Wales State Government has committed $30 million in funding for the planning and expansion of the local Dubbo underground water supply.
Mayor of the Dubbo Region, Ben Shields, welcomed the commitment and said this significant announcement for the city is extremely timely.
“Dubbo Regional Council has recently began its long-term water security strategy following Clr Gumley’s notice of Motion at last month’s Council Meeting.
“There’s no question our underground water supply is going to be crucial in getting us through one of the worst droughts on record and this funding will help to turn the plans into reality across the next two years,” said Mr Shields.
“Dubbo’s current water supply is made up of 70 per cent river water and 30 per cent bore water split, which may change due to the worsening conditions of the drought, making this investment into underground water very appropriate.”
The $30 million Dubbo project will be rolled out in two years with the funding becoming available from 1 July 2019.
Member for the Dubbo electorate, Dugald Saunders, said it’s important that they find other sources of water to ensure the security of the expanding population.
“This is real money being invested into future proofing our water supply for our growing city while reducing our reliance on the Macquarie River,” Mr Saunders said.
“Dubbo Regional Council is extremely proactive in the space of water security and I commend their efforts so far. This funding is a collaborative approach as we work with the local Council to secure the water supply for years to come.”