Farrer MP Sussan Ley today confirmed funding for Griffith City’s Lake Wyangan Water Sustainability Project, a key development among 40 water infrastructure plans approved through the Australian Government’s National Water Grid’s Connections Funding Pathway.
Ms Ley said, in a 50/50 agreement with NSW, $6.95m is being provided to dramatically improve the quality and reliability of water for Lake Wyangan.
“I was briefed on the issues affecting the lake from my first day as the city’s local MP, and just like the improvements we’re making in health, road safety, communications, housing and new sporting facilities, this is a fabulous outcome for the community.”
Griffith Mayor John Dal Broi said council’s application to fund a pipeline from the Water Reclamation Plant to the South Lake was the first stage of a holistic approach to rejuvenate Lake Wyangan.
“The use of recycled water from the reclamation plant will free up fresh water from our annual allocation, to then use for other purposes.”
“We’re now progressing a detailed business case with NSW for the entire Lake Wyangan Plan, looking closely at costings, blue green algae management, salinity reduction, nutrient reduction, sediment control and cultural heritage protection,” Cr John Dal Broi said.
- Lake Wyangan (North Lake) retained as a recreational lake, South Lake retained as a working lake
- Water from several sources (including reclamation plant) mixed with South Lake for irrigation
- Water from North Lake, plus irrigation inflows will be mixed within South Lake for use by irrigators.
- Fresh water put into the North Lake (over time) to reduce salinity levels
- Improved circulation within the North Lake to assist in reducing likelihood of blue-green algae
Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Barnaby Joyce said the Australian Government is investing in packages of water infrastructure projects brought forward by states and territories.
“Up to 1,175 jobs will be supported during construction, with over 2,550 ongoing and up to 500 more seasonal jobs set to be created nationally.
Up to $20 million was made available for each state and territory to deliver projects over the next two years, with an Australian Government contribution of up to $5 million per project.
For further information, visit www.nationalwatergrid.gov.au