Steph Cooke leans on the rail at the Wyangala Dam and looks at the camera. The Dam is behind her and the water level is visibly low.
Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke at Wyangala Dam.

The NSW Nationals in Government are one step closer to delivering the state’s first major dam projects in three decades after signing on partner company WaterSecure to oversee the projects.

Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke said the announcement means the Wyangala Dam wall-raising will be fast tracked, guaranteeing water security for communities across the Lachlan Valley.

“The Wyangala Dam expansion is vital for ensuring water security and flood mitigation for the towns and villages, industry, agriculture and horticulture across the region.

“The NSW Nationals have fought tooth and nail to fast track these dam projects which will be a legacy to the people of NSW,” Ms Cooke said.

“We will have shovels in the ground by October for this historic project.Our communities have done it tough with the drought and COVID-19, but we are resilient and will look back knowing that we have been responsible for the recovery of our state’s economy.

“Thanks to the improved water security for our prime agricultural regions, farmers will be able to produce food and vital exports that will play a crucial role in our nation’s future.”

Deputy Premier and Leader of the NSW Nationals John Barilaro said this is a game changer for the entire state, with water security the most important and vital resource for the people of NSW.

“Today’s announcement means the Wyangala Dam wall-raising can be fast-tracked, improving long term water security sooner while creating immediate employment and economic benefit at a crucial time for regional NSW,” Mr Barilaro said.

“We have not seen this kind of water infrastructure build since the 1980’s and not only are we creating local jobs but we are increasing vital water security across this state, and for me there’s nothing more important than that.”