Steph Cooke Member for Cootamundra with the Minister for Water, Property and Housing, the Hon Melinda Pavey

Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke has today welcomed passing of the Water Supply (Critical Needs) Bill 2019 in the NSW Parliament.

The temporary legislation creates a streamlined pathway through the assessment and approvals process for critical water infrastructure, including the raising of Wyangala Dam wall.

Ms Cooke said with the passing of this Bill, the NSW Nationals are helping to achieve greater water security into the future.

“The legislation is aimed at fast-tracking certain critical water infrastructure projects by up to six to nine months.” Ms Cooke said

 “By passing the temporary legislation, we’re getting shovels in the ground sooner to start work on improving water storage and building the dams.”

“We are assisting communities in urgent need of water in this current drought, and preparing to capture water and build up reserves for the next drought.” 

This new legislation will be in effect for two years and can only be extended by up to 12 months by the Minister for Water, should towns continue to experience severe drought risks.

Water Minister Melinda Pavey said the legislation will ensure we are ready to capture water during the next downpour.

“Urgent action is needed to accelerate the environmental planning assessment and approval times for critical developments that will help secure water supply to those towns in need,” Mrs Pavey said. 

Since 2017, the NSW Nationals in Government have invested $1.8 billion as part of its Drought Package to date, providing assistance to residents in Regional NSW who need it most.

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