The McGowan Government said the $20 million will improve water resilience for farmers in Western Australia.
Yesterday, the McGowan Government announced that it has secured $20 million in Commonwealth funding towards a package to improve regional water security.
The projects will support farmers in dealing with the consequences of climate change and reduced rainfall.
The funding is delivered through the Commonwealth’s National Water Grid Fund Connections pathway and will go towards the $43.8 million package for the state.
The McGowan Government said it had advocated for WA farmers for close to 12 months to secure this funding.
The projects that will be delivered under the package will include desalination projects, dam catchment improvements, and infrastructure and pipeline upgrades to increase water storage capacity.
Pipeline improvements will be included in the $16.5 million budget for Water Corporation projects, taking place between Katanning and Kojonup.
Collectively, these benefits will increase water security and help restore resilience in the farming communities.
“I’m very pleased to see that the McGowan Government’s lobbying efforts have been successful in securing this $20 million in Commonwealth funding for WA farmers,” said WA Water Minister Dave Kelly.
“By funding these projects, we will increase the water storage capacity of many WA agricultural communities and provide more reliable emergency agricultural and livestock water supplies for farmers to use during periods of dry conditions when on-farm supplies have been depleted.”
Agriculture and Food Minister Alannah MacTiernan said she welcomed the funding commitment from the Commonwealth towards these priority water infrastructure projects.
“It is important we continue to support our growers with the delivery of innovative new water infrastructure options as they continue to respond to the impacts of climate change,” she said.
For more information visit the WA Government website.