Lostock Dam pipeline projects seeks community feedback

Hunter residents will have another opportunity to get up to speed on the progress of the proposed Lostock Dam to Glennies Dam Pipeline Project and Paterson River Connection Project at information sessions starting this week.

Hunter residents will have another opportunity to get up to speed on the progress of the proposed Lostock Dam to Glennies Dam Pipeline Project and Paterson River Connection Project at information sessions starting this week.

Locals will learn more about the proposal, including details about the preferred infrastructure options, objectives, benefits, and where the Final Business Case is up to.

The drop-in sessions will also allow people to provide feedback and ask questions about the project.

They will be held on:

  • Saturday, 24 February, 9 am-12 pm at Maitland Town Hall, Maitland
  • Tuesday, 27 February, 11 am-1 pm at Club Dorsman, Singleton
  • Tuesday, 27 February, 4.30-6.30 pm at Club Dorsman, Singleton
  • Wednesday, 28 February, 11 am-1 pm at Hunter Local Land Services, Tocal
  • Wednesday, 28 February, 4.30-6.30 pm at Hunter Local Land Services, Tocal

Community engagement is integral to informing and shaping the project’s development and is an essential element of the Final Business Case.

The upcoming sessions build on previous consultations held in September and December 2022 and May and August 2023.

The Final Business Case will look at the viability of a new two-way pipeline between Lostock and Glennies Creek Dams, as well as associated infrastructure to diversify water sources, improve water security, boost drought resilience and support the growth of the Hunter region.

It is also investigating the construction of a new pump station, water treatment plant, and pipeline on the Paterson River to access river flows downstream of Lostock Dam to increase water supply to the Maitland region.

The Department of Climate Change, Environment, Energy and Water and Hunter Water will complete the Final Business Case later this year. It will be submitted to the NSW Government for its review and a decision on the next steps for the project.

Quotes attributable to Greg Winchester, Acting Executive Director – Infrastructure Delivery, NSW Department of Climate Change, Energy, Environment and Water:

“This is a great chance for Hunter residents to have in-depth face-to-face conversations with our teams. I encourage everyone with questions about the project or would like to know more about what’s happening to drop in and say hello.

“If you aren’t sure if you can make it right now, we’ve made it super flexible, so if you suddenly have time available, you can turn up without worrying about booking.

“The proposed Lostock Dam to Glennies Dam Pipeline Project and Paterson River Connection Project aims to improve the region’s long-term water security and reliability in the face of a drying climate while supporting a growing population, so we must hear from as many people as possible.”

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