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The Hon Simon Crean

Minister for Regional Australia, Regional Development and Local Government

The Hon. Tony Burke MP

Minister for Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities

$6.55 million for Split Rock dam to Barraba Pipeline

Media release
6 September 2011

The Gillard Government today outlined $6.55 million in funding for construction of a new pipeline to deliver clean, potable and secure water to the community of Barraba in northern NSW.

Water Minister Tony Burke and Minister for Regional Australia, Regional Development and Local Government, Simon Crean announced funding towards the $19.7 million project to build a new 27 kilometre pipeline to supply water from Split Rock Dam to Barraba residents.

"The Gillard Government understands that having a clean and secure water supply is critical to the liveability of our regional communities," Mr Burke said.

"Our commitment to this project follows many years of investigation into the most efficient way to provide alternative water supply options for Barraba.

"This funding will allow works to progress on this important project which will provide Barraba residents with a greatly improved water supply."

In Tamworth today, Mr Crean said the Gillard Government was investing in the future of towns like Barraba through projects to build their resilience and prosperity.

"This project will support the people of Barraba to plan for the future knENVowing they will have a clean, secure and potable water supply," Mr Crean said.

"It is an example of how the Gillard Government is working with regional and rural communities across Australia through a location-based approach to help diversify their economic base, lift productivity and build resilience.

"The Member for New England Tony Windsor has been a strong advocate for this project which will improve liveability for Barraba residents."

The pipeline project includes associated works, including the construction of a pumping station, water storage tanks and alterations to the Barraba Water treatment plant.

The Gillard Government funding is conditional on matching funding commitments from the NSW Government and Tamworth Regional Council.

The Government has already contributed $150,000 towards the completion of a feasibility study into the Split Rock dam to Barraba pipeline, with matching funding from the NSW Government and Tamworth Regional Council. That feasibility study was completed in May 2011, and found the pipeline to be a feasible option to help secure the water supply for the village of Barraba.

Funding for the project will be provided under the Australian Government's Water for the Future initiative which is delivering projects to secure sustainable, long-term water supplies for the benefit of all Australians.