Under the recently expanded capital component of the National Water Infrastructure Development Fund (the fund), Expressions of Interest (EOI) from State and Territory Governments received by 1 April 2019 will be assessed in the current funding round.

Applications received after this date will be assessed in future funding rounds should funding remain available.

Funding will be provided for the construction of permanent water infrastructure projects. Only water infrastructure projects ready to progress to construction will be considered, and only State and Territory Governments can apply for funding under the fund.

The $1.3 billion fund  is implementing the Australian Government’s commitment to build the water infrastructure of the 21st century.

The fund is accelerating the detailed planning and construction of water infrastructure projects that will deliver new and affordable water, enhance water security and underpin regional economic growth, including irrigated agriculture and industry.

On 19 November 2018, the Australian Government announced an expansion of the fund by more than half a billion dollars bringing the total funding to $1.3 billion. This expansion includes commitments of:

  • up to $250,000 to co-fund the establishment of management arrangements, finalisation of the design and completion of the regulatory and statutory approval processes needed for the Coldstream Recycled Water Pipeline to progress to construction (VIC)
  • up to $1 million to co-fund the completion of the regulatory approval processes, including the final business case, design and Environmental Impact Statement, required for the Southern Forest Irrigation Scheme to progress to construction (WA)
  • up to $2 million for a feasibility study to assess options to build new water infrastructure to increase water supply and security in the North and South Burnett regions (QLD)
  • up to $54 million for Hells Gates Dam including Rig Rocks Weir (QLD)
  • up to $182 million for the Hughenden Irrigation Scheme (QLD)

Information on how to apply for funding can be found here.

Charlotte Pordage is Editor of Utility magazine, a position she has held since November 2018. She joined the team as an Associate Editor in October 2017, after sharpening her writing and editing skills across a range of print and digital publications. Charlotte graduated from Royal Holloway, University of London, in 2011 with joint honours in English and Latin. When she's not putting together Australia's only dedicated utility magazine, she can usually be found riding her horse or curled up with a good book.

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