Today marks the one-year anniversary of the state’s first stand-alone water infrastructure agency, Water Infrastructure NSW (WINSW), an organisation dedicated to planning and delivering around $4 billion in critical projects and creating thousands of jobs across the state over the next 10 years.
Speaking at an industry event in Sydney today, Minister for Water, Property and Housing Melinda Pavey said WINSW is focused on accelerating the roll-out of infrastructure that will provide regional communities with much-needed water security and jobs.
“In just one year, Water Infrastructure NSW has secured $410 million in Australian Government funding which will create thousands of jobs in regional NSW over the next four to eight years. More than $29 million in contracts have already been awarded,” Mrs Pavey said.
“The NSW Government has listened to the communities affected by drought, and Water Infrastructure NSW was created to help our regional communities thrive for generations to come.
“A dam hasn’t been built in NSW since the 1980s and with the establishment of this agency, NSW is now in the best possible position to meet the increasing demands on our water resources in the face of a more variable climate and a growing regional population.”
Water Infrastructure NSW, part of the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment, has for the first time, brought together regional water infrastructure, planning, development and delivery into one agency. This means for the first time that we have a team of expert professionals dedicated to building dams and other large infrastructure.
“Water Infrastructure NSW will be delivering a wide range of projects, all of which will contribute to the reliability, security and sustainability of our valued water resources,” Mrs Pavey said.
“This includes weir renewals and upgrades, fish passageway and screening programs, hundreds of new bridges and accessways, as well as dams and storage reservoirs.
“With dozens more projects in the pipeline, regional communities of NSW can expect to see more and greater investment in their water security in the years to come.”
The Water Infrastructure NSW Projects Overview, as well upcoming community consultation, sessions can be found at https://water.dpie.nsw.gov.au/water-infrastructure-nsw.