Industry, researchers and academics in the Cootamundra electorate are being invited to apply for a share of $500,000 to develop technology solutions for the best practice management and monitoring of water in NSW.

Member for Cootamundra, Steph Cooke, said the NSW Government’s new Water Pilot Technology Program would help to create the next generation of water management systems in NSW.

“We’re opening up this $500,000 program to local researchers and industry to capture the best technologies and solutions to improve management of this most precious resource,” Ms Cooke said.

“We’ve plenty of smarts here in Cootamundra and I encourage local industry, researchers and academics to get involved, find out more about the program and contribute their ideas.

“The funding will support ideas that improve how we manage compliance with water legislation, as well as improving protection of environmental water through our rivers,” Ms Cooke said.

Minister for Regional Water, Niall Blair said the program was part of the broader package of work being driven by the Government’s Water Reform Action Plan.

“Our water reforms are well underway with the establishment of the NSW Natural Resources Access Regulator and community consultations now happening around the state on key elements of our reform program.

“Improving the transparency of how we share, allocate, account for and manage water in NSW is at the heart of our reforms and we want to be using the best technology Australia and the world can offer,” Mr Blair said.

The Water Pilot Technology Program is now open for grant applications and applications close on Monday, 23 April 2018 at 9am AEST.