​Media Release

Water infrastructure for Tas​mania's future​

19 February 2015

Today's announcement by the Prime Minister, that $60 million in Australian Government funding will support Tasmanian water infrastructure projects, shows the Coalition’s commitment to economic development for Tasmanians—and all Australians—Minister for Agriculture, Barnaby Joyce said.

Minister Joyce, chairman of the Water Infrastructure Ministerial Working Group, said that water was wealth and stored water was a bank, therefore it was vital that strategic infrastructure such as the projects announced today were progressed to encourage investment in agriculture—and in regional communities.

“The Australian Government's commitment to invest $2 for every $1 invested by our government partners— the Tasmanian Government—gives the private sector a clear signal that we intend to deliver this project,” Minister Joyce said. 

“The Ministerial Working Group identified the projects—at Scottsdale, North Esk, Southern Highlands, Circular Head and Swan Valley —as important, well advanced projects ready for investment that will secure the state's water supply and deliver strong economic benefits to large parts of the community. 

“These Tranche II projects were identified in the Agricultural Competitiveness Green Paper and are proof that the Coalition’s promise to build dams is real. The announcement adds to our already strong record on water infrastructure. The construction of Chaffey Dam is real, the extension of the piping and capping scheme in the Great Artesian Basin is real, the further work along the Murray-Darling is real, and now from today these Tassie projects identified by the Water Infrastructure Ministerial Working Group are also real. It’s a great honour to be part of a government that actually does things – actually builds things, actually makes things better and improves the standard of living of regional people. 

“It is also great to work with my good friend and colleague Senator Richard Colbeck, who serves as my Parliamentary Secretary. What I know about Tasmania and their future needs comes from the strong advice of Senator Colbeck as well as his Tasmanian parliamentary colleagues who I know are passionate about the future of agriculture in their state,” Minister Joyce said today.

The Water Infrastructure Ministerial Working Group includes Minister for Agriculture, Barnaby Joyce (Chair); Deputy Prime Minister, Warren Truss; Minister for the Environment, Greg Hunt; Assistant Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development, Jamie Briggs; and Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for the Environment, Bob Baldwin.​