Posted: May 12, 2019

The Ararat, Grampians, and Pyrenees region will benefit from improved water security to boost farm productivity and employment levels, thanks to a $32 million investment from the Coalition Government to co-fund the East Grampians Water Supply Project.

Deputy Prime Minister, Nationals’ Leader and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack said the project would be funded as part of our historic investment to deliver secure water supplies to unlock the agricultural and tourism potential of our regions.

“The Coalition Government is determined to unlock the economic potential of our regions, and we often know the answer is simply, ‘just add water’,” Mr McCormack said.

“On completion, the project will service approximately 1,500 rural farming properties over an area of up to 530,000 hectares with a reticulated non-drinking water supply. The area under investigation includes Ararat, Great Western, Buangor, east to the Eurambeen-Streatham Road and south to the Glenelg Highway.”

Member for Wannon, Dan Tehan said this is welcome news for the communities which will benefit from the East Grampians project.

“The increased productivity and diversity across agricultural and tourism sectors that this project will support is crucial for the region,” Mr Tehan said.

“The project is also a local jobs winner, with up to 350 direct and indirect jobs expected to be created during construction and around 82 ongoing long-term jobs once complete.”

“This project will change the future of these communities and provide security and stability in basic water supply, which has not existed in the past.

In delivering this project, I acknowledge the community, residents and local government that have worked hard with me to deliver this fantastic outcome.

Following the assessment of an Independent Panel – the Federal and Victorian Governments will work together to finalise delivery milestones to ensure the projects get under construction as soon as possible.

This announcement brings the total Federal Liberal and Nationals Government commitment to co-fund water infrastructure projects and studies in Victoria through the National Water Infrastructure Development Fund to more than $124 million.

The Fund’s expansion to more than $1 billion, as well as the existing $2 billion National Water Infrastructure Loan Facility program, means more than $3 billion is now available from the Federal Liberal and Nationals Government to support state and territory governments and their project partners in building new water infrastructure and provide greater social and economic opportunity for Australians.

Further information on the National Water Infrastructure Development Fund is available at https://infrastructure.gov.au/infrastructure/water-infrastructure/nwi-development-fund/.

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