Local construction businesses can now register their interest to help build the $480 million Dungowan Dam and Pipeline project through a new online WaterNSW portal aimed at increasing local involvement.

Minister for Water, Property and Housing Melinda Pavey welcomed the launch of the portal and its potential to maximise local opportunities and benefits as the Government advances with the State’s first dam infrastructure project in more than 40 years.

“I want this project to not only increase water security in the Peel Valley but also provide a stimulus for local businesses and workers as we begin to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic,” Minister Pavey said.

“We’ve had a great response to our portal for the Wyangala Dam project with more than 160 local businesses registering in a matter of weeks, which is extremely positive for regional towns and workers.”

Minister for Finance and Small Business Damien Tudehope said this major project would boost the local economy and create jobs.

“Small businesses have been doing it tough since COVID-19 hit the state, and this important infrastructure project will provide them with a huge shot in the arm.

“There is no doubt local, small businesses are the ones that know their communities best and I would encourage them to come forward, put their hands up and offer their services for this project,” Mr Tudehope said.

WaterNSW has partnered with two specialist firms to deliver the historic investment in water infrastructure projects reinforcing its commitment to secure the State’s future water supply.

A joint venture comprising KBR and Aurecon will assist WaterNSW with the planning, development and delivery of three major dam projects, and potentially more projects in the future, on a scale not seen in Australia for nearly half a century.

Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson said he welcomed the announcement of a new business portal and was extremely excited by the local opportunities presented by the Dungowan dam project. 

“If you own or operate a local business in the Tamworth region please register with WaterNSW so we can share your details with our project delivery partner and contractors,” Mr Anderson said.

“This is an opportunity for local businesses and operators to get involved in the construction of this local project, not just on the shovels but in many different aspects of the construction.

“We recommend local businesses register their details in the portal to ensure that it is local businesses that get to benefit from this huge construction program.”

Executive Officer of the Tamworth Business Chamber, Jye Segboer, said  “The Tamworth Business Chamber supports the initiative from Water NSW to introduce a business portal for the Dungowan Dam upgrade and pipeline.

The business portal can be accessed herehttps://www.waternsw.com.au/projects/new-dams-for-nsw/dungowan-dam/local-business-register