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Government plans to deliver greater water security to communities in Tamworth and the Peel Valley are one step closer with the first pipe for the new Dungowan Dam pipeline being delivered today.

From Tuesday, ten trucks will deliver 180x 600mm diameter pipes to the Tamworth Regional Council water treatment facility in Calala. Local crane company Aldridge Crane Hire will be used to off load the pipes with their 30-tonne crane.

Minister for Water, Property and Housing Melinda Pavey said the replacement of the Dungowan Pipeline is an essential piece of early infrastructure that is critical to Tamworth’s current water supply network.

“The pipeline is part of the new Dungowan Dam project, which is being jointly funded by the Australian and NSW Governments. This dam will increase the resilience of local water supplies and the capacity to meet the demands of Tamworth and the Peel Valley’s agricultural industries,” Mrs Pavey said.

“This forms part of once-in-a-lifetime critical infrastructure that will improve water security for the people and businesses throughout the Peel Valley for many generations to come.

“Regional NSW has a roadmap to water security. We need to bring life to that plan – and build key water infrastructure to make our regional communities safer and stronger.”

Running south of Dungowan Creek and the Peel River from the new Dungowan Dam to Council’s Calala Water Treatment Plant, the 55km pipeline will be built in two stages. Stage One will provide a new reliable connection from the recently completed Chaffey Dam pipeline to Tamworth’s town water supply. Stage Two will be built in conjunction with the proposed new dam, pending the outcomes of final business case and Environmental Impact Statement.

Federal Member for New England the Hon Barnaby Joyce said the Tamworth community and farming families along the Peel River experienced one of the most severe droughts on record.

“This is vital water infrastructure for Tamworth, it is vital infrastructure for the economy of New England and it is vital infrastructure for our nation,” Mr Joyce said. 

“It is important that we build the infrastructure that will make our nation stronger, we need to be as powerful as possible as quickly as possible”.

“We have fought for this project for so long, people said it would never happen, but like the upgrade to Chaffey Dam, it will happen and today is a step in the right direction”.

State Member for Tamworth the Hon Kevin Anderson MP said this project is a great example of the government’s continued commitment to providing water security for the city of Tamworth, for farmers, and for the environment.

“Chaffey Dam, the major storage for the Tamworth region, dropped to 14% capacity in mid-2020,” he said.

“Every step closer we get to delivering the new Dungowan Dam is a win for our community so I’m happy to see we’re getting on with it.”

In February 2021 the Dungowan pipeline contract was awarded to MPC Kinetic, an accomplished water infrastructure deliverer that successfully constructed the new 18.2km pipeline from Chaffey Dam to Dungowan Village. The government announced the preferred route for the Dungowan pipeline in March 2021.

Construction of Stage One of the pipeline will start later this year and will take 12-18 months.