​Media Release

Works underway to save water for Parkes

Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, David Littleproud
Assistant Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment, Mark Coulton
NSW Minister for Regional Water, Niall Blair​

24 April 2018

  • Coalition Government invests in $4.51 million NSW water improvement program
  • Six projects in Great Artesian Basin expected to save 2582 ML of water each year
  • First projects are due for completion by the end of April this year.

​Work is underway on six projects that will improve water quality and reliability for New South Wales communities that rely on the Great Artesian Basin.

Federal Member for Parkes Mark Coulton said the NSW program, jointly funded by the State and Commonwealth will cap and replace bores, improving water quality and pressure across the Parkes Electorate.

"These projects will see old, broken down bores upgraded or replaced in Burren Junction and Sulphur Lake by the end of April. Further upgrades will take place at Noorooma, Helen, Mundiwa and Dunsandle in the next 12 months," Mr Coulton said.

"These projects are expected to save 2,582 megalitres of water every year, while boosting local water pressure and water quality."

Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources David Littleproud said New South Wales was the first state to sign up to the program and put improvements in place.

"Water is our most precious commodity. This work will save water in communities in New South Wales that rely on the Great Artesian Basin for water," Mr Littleproud said.

"These bores we're replacing have been leeching water for decades and this investment will stop precious water going to waste."

The NSW Minister for Regional Water Niall Blair said rehabilitating and upgrading artesian bores as the primary source of water is vital to the future of the pastoral industry across north west NSW.

"The Great Artesian Basin supports industry worth nearly $13 billion a year so it is vital that we make sure it continues to provide clean and reliable water for the future.

"The NSW Government is proud to be the first state to partner with the Commonwealth in this important initiative which provides a secure water supply for our Western NSW pastoralists for generations to come.

"These projects are making real on-the-ground improvements to both individual grazing enterprises and to the overall health and ongoing management of the Great Artesian Basin," Mr Blair said.

The program has been jointly funded by the Federal Coalition Government ($2.255m) and the NSW Government ($2.255m).