NSW to get a new dam as part of $1bn drought emergency boost

The Guardian 1 week ago

The federal and New South Wales governments are investing $1bn in water infrastructure for rural and regional communities impacted by the devastating drought in NSW.

“Our response to the ongoing drought impacting rural and regional communities is comprehensive and committed,” the prime minister, Scott Morrison, said in a statement on Sunday.

“It deals with immediate needs for financial assistance in and longer-term investments to build drought resilience for the future,” Morrison said.

He said the two governments will deliver a $650m upgrade of Wyangala Dam in the NSW central west and a $480m new Dungowan Dam near Tamworth.

But the Nature Conservation Council has lambasted the plan, accusing the NSW government of considering a move that could “circumvent environmental and planning rules to fast-track dams, bores and water pipelines”.

“We need thorough assessment of water infrastructure projects now more than ever to ensure we don’t make matters worse,” the chief executive, Chris Gambian, said.

“The problems we are facing today are a direct result of this government refusing to listen to its own planning experts, who warned of this looming water crisis six years ago.”

The council said it feared the measures would open the door to the state’s water minister sidelining the planning department and leaving decisions to WaterNSW.

“Bypassing proper environmental checks will compound the ecological and social disasters the NSW government’s has already helped to create,” Gambian said.

“This is going to be a devastating summer across NSW and no amount of political chest beating is going to make it any more manageable.

“We need to reduce our water use, and the best way to do that is by slashing the amount of water allocated to big irrigators and to stop undermining the Murray Daring Basin Plan.”

“Governments stopped building dams 30 years ago for a very good reason. Dams fail to provide water security for local communities, they degrade river systems and cause a host of environmental problems.

“And in the era of climate change and higher evaporation, new dams are unlikely to fill.”

Australian Associated Press contributed to this report


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