Sustainable, secure and healthy water in NSW Government Budget

The NSW Government is committed to boosting water security and quality across the State by scrapping wasteful projects and investing in crucial infrastructure and water management initiatives. The 2023-24 NSW Budget features a raft of investments into the water sector.

The NSW Government is committed to boosting water security and quality across the State. It is scrapping wasteful projects and investing in crucial infrastructure and water management initiatives. The 2023-24 NSW Budget features a raft of investments into the water sector.

The Government is moving forward and shifting its focus to investing in the latest science and modern infrastructure. Under Minister Rose Jackson‘s stewardship, this investment will shore up access to safe and secure water across the State and provide better environmental outcomes.

Drought preparedness

The NSW Government knows there’s a drought knocking on our door. It is threatening the water security of towns across NSW. That is why the 2023-24 NSW Budget is injecting more than $353 million over the next four years to support various projects. It will bolster drought readiness and resilience in the regions.

This investment includes:

  • $222.4 million for the upgrading of critical water supply infrastructure for the towns of Wilcannia, Eurobodalla and Cobar, with the Australian Government.
  • $217.5 million for Safe and Secure Water Program initiatives to support regional towns dealing with town water supply, quality and safety risks.
  • $6 million to improve water security for Tamworth by identifying practical solutions.
  • $5 million contribution to the Northern Rivers Watershed Initiative to improve water security and catchment health across Tweed, Brunswick, Richmond and Evans Rivers Catchments.
  • $13.6 million to enhance drinking water quality by replacing crucial infrastructure at the water treatment plant in Yass.

The NSW Government is also committed to delivering the Murray Darling Basin Plan to support river health. It is equally committed to providing access to water and improving water efficiencies to minimise the impacts of Australian Government buybacks.

This includes $220 million worth of infrastructure projects to improve the river system’s health. That investment will cover removing barriers and installing flow regulators, pumps, channels and fishways.

Cost of living relief coming

Cost-of-living relief for families will also include $160 million each year over four years. Those funds will go straight back into the pockets of those who need it the most. This will be achieved through water rebates for low-income households.

This Budget is about getting on with the job of easing cost-of-living pressures for household water bills and delivering solutions driven by climate science. Combined, this will help mitigate the impacts of dry seasons and create resilient and drought-prepared communities.

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