A share of $500 million worth of water infrastructure projects is available to state and territory governments, which are being urged to apply for funding and undertake infrastructure upgrades in regional communities.

Applications will open on 21 January 2019 under the expanded capital component of the National Water Infrastructure Development Fund.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development, Michael McCormack, said the fund was expanded to co-invest in even more projects to further enhance water security and unlock regional Australia’s huge social and economic potential.

“The Liberal and Nationals Government knows water is our greatest resource and if our regions have access to more secure water supplies our towns can prosper and our agricultural industries can thrive,” Mr McCormack said.

“That is why this government is investing in water infrastructure, heralding a new era for our regional communities and our regional economies.

“We are not afraid to put our regional communities first and deliver the water infrastructure they expect and deserve.

“It is now absolutely essential for state and territory governments to get on board to ensure these transformational projects can be delivered.”

The Liberal and Nationals Government’s investment under this fund now totals more than $1.3 billion.

This investment can help state and territory governments and their project partners to deliver major water infrastructure projects which will increase water reliability and security for farmers, businesses and regional communities.

Expressions of interest will be accepted continuously until all funds are committed.

Information, guidelines and related forms are available at infrastructure.gov.au/infrastructure/water-infrastructure/nwi-development-fund.

Lauren ‘LJ’ Butler is the Assistant Editor of Utility magazine and has been part of the team at Monkey Media since 2018.

After completing a Bachelor of Media, Communications and Professional Writing at the University of Wollongong in 2014, and prior to writing about the utility sector, LJ worked as a Journalist and Sub Editor across the horticulture, hardware, power equipment, construction and accommodation industries with publishers such as Glenvale Publications, Multimedia Publishing and Bean Media Group.

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