21st January 2019
The Federal Nationals in Government have announced an increase in funding for the capital component of the National Water Infrastructure Development Fund, and are now urging the State Government to apply for a share of the additional $500 million when applications open today, Federal Member for Lyne Dr David Gillespie said today.
Dr Gillespie said the region was continuing to experience significant population growth, as well as develop its water security and water infrastructure for the future.
“I’d like the State Government to consider projects in our region and submit an Expression of Interest for water infrastructure project funding,” Dr Gillespie said.
“Water infrastructure is important to our region and this expanded funding will help increase water reliability and security for farmers, businesses and communities across the regions.”
“We’re putting funds on the table to invest in our water infrastructure to give our region every chance to grow and prosper.”
Dr Gillespie said one of the most important pieces of the infrastructure puzzle to encourage and support growth in regional areas was water infrastructure.
“This $1.3 billion nationwide investment will enhance water security and unlock the huge economic potential of rural and regional Australia. We know that if our regions have access to secure water our towns prosper and our agricultural industries thrive,” Dr Gillespie said.
“We are not afraid to put our regional communities first and deliver the water infrastructure they expect and deserve – but it is absolutely essential for state and territory governments to get on board, too to ensure projects are delivered.”
Expressions of Interest will be accepted continuously until all funds are committed. Information, guidelines and related forms for the National Water Infrastructure Development Fund are available at https://infrastructure.gov.au/infrastructure/water-infrastructure/nwi-development-fund/.