Building a pathway to water security in South Arm

Joint media release with the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Barnaby Joyce 

The Morrison Government has committed $5 million to Tasmania’s South Arm Recycled Water Pipeline, as part of $108 million in federal funding under the National Water Grid Connections funding pathway.

Assistant Minister for Industry Development Jonno Duniam said the Government was delighted to support the South Arm Recycled Water Pipeline, which will transfer water from Blackmans Bay Water Treatment Plant to the South Arm Peninsula. 

“The pipeline will improve the resilience and reliability of South Arm’s water infrastructure, ensuring a stronger future for water security across the region,” Assistant Minister Duniam said. 

“It will strengthen the local economy of South Arm, support agricultural production and lead to new investment in economic activities in the region.” 

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Barnaby Joyce said through this funding pathway, the Australian Government is investing in packages of water infrastructure projects brought forward by states and territories right across the country to improve water reliability and efficiency. 

“The National Water Grid Connections is all about driving the construction of smaller-scale projects over the next two years to provide short term economic stimulus,” the Deputy Prime Minister said.

“The cumulative impact for the National Water Grid will be significant. Collectively, these projects are expected to support over 7,000 hectares of irrigable land and connect 400 new customers. An additional 13,000 customers are expected to benefit from improved water access or reliability. 

“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. 

“The $3.5 billion National Water Grid Fund is paving the way to national water security, while promoting local economic activity and job creation along the way.”

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

Media contact: Assistant Minister Duniam's office 02 6277 3034