The Australian and Victorian governments are jointly funding two business classes worth $1.6 million that will deliver greater planning work to identify the right projects for future investment to expand the National Water Grid.
The business cases intend to unlock more water potential for regional communities, improving supply and infrastructure.
The Gisborne to Sunbury Interconnector Stage 2 and Riddells Creek to Sunbury Interconnector detailed business cases could unlock opportunities to further capitalise on investment through the National Water Grid Connections pathway.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Barnaby Joyce said the government acknowledges the value of efficient water capture and storage in the regions.
“The interrelated business cases are a vital early step towards a secure future for our farmers and regional communities by supporting increased access to recycled water,” Joyce said.
“This investment demonstrates our determination to deliver for the people of regional Victoria, to ensure the water infrastructure they need and deserve is available.”
Victorian Minister for Water Lisa Neville said the partnership between Australian and Victorian governments will investigate opportunities to expand on existing projects, like the $116 million Western Irrigation Network.
“The Stage 2 business case will develop detailed designs for a 4. kilometre pipeline and storage option to connect the Gisborne and Sunbury Recycled Water Schemes, which could provide benefits to agriculture in Parwan-Balliang and off takes to agricultural enterprises in Toolern Vale,” Neville said.
“The Riddells Creek to Sunbury Interconnector detailed business case will develop designs for a 13.9-kilometre pipeline to connect the Riddells Creek Recycled Water Plant to the Sunbury Recycled Water Scheme.
This investment is delivered under the Australian Government’s $3.5 billion National Water Grid Fund to develop the National Water Grid.
For more information visit the National Water Grid website.