According to Infrastructure Minister Michael McCormack, the National Water Grid Authority will function as a holistic oversight body that utilises leading scientists and local knowledge to assess water diversion and storage proposals.
“It has been too long since we built a major dam in this country, way back in 1987, and as we highlighted during the election, this government is establishing the National Water Grid to take out the state-based politics and insert science with a national-based approach to water security for Australia’s Future,” Mr. McCormack said.
“Water is the lifeblood of our nation and we owe it to our primary producers and regional communities to deliver long-term sustainable water infrastructure to boost agriculture that will support the growth of regional Australia and meet the demands of a growing population.”
The authority builds on the $993.1 million previously committed by the Federal Government through the $1.3 billion National Water Infrastructure Development Fund, to fund the construction of 21 water infrastructure projects with a total construction value of more than $1.98 billion.
“Working with state and territory governments, the authority will develop a national framework to identify priority water infrastructure initiatives, including strategies to harness and harvest water storage and supply systems across Australia to support the growth of primary industries and regional communities,” Mr. McCormack said.