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Joint media release
31 May 2010
Tamworth Regional Council will receive up to $300,000 in joint funding from the Australian and New South Wales Governments towards a feasibility study into supplying water to Barraba through a pipeline from Split Rock Dam.
Federal Parliamentary Secretary for Water, Mike Kelly, and NSW Minister for Water, Phil Costa, today announced funding for the first step towards securing the future water supply to the Barraba community.
The town of Barraba is north of Tamworth and has a population of approximately 1,200 residents. Barraba is currently on high-level water restrictions and is sourcing water from two emergency bores as surface water flows have become too low to access.
“This funding is a significant step towards identifying a long term water supply solution that meets the needs of the town. I would like to thank local Federal Member for New England, Tony Windsor for raising this with me.” Dr Kelly said.
“The study will examine the feasibility of constructing an estimated 25km water supply pipeline from Split Rock Dam to Barraba to increase the security of the town’s water supplies.”
Mr Costa said he was pleased to commit up to $150,000 from the NSW Government following strong representations from the Barraba community and State Member for Tamworth, Peter Draper.
“The Barraba community has shown tremendous resilience over many years of prolonged drought,” said Mr Costa.
“Tamworth Regional Council is in the final stages of completing an options report for Barraba.
“This funding to commence a feasibility study is a win for the local community and one step closer towards securing a viable water supply for Barraba,” added Mr Costa.
The study will be led and co-funded by Tamworth Regional Council.