The Morrison Government is providing a further $22.3 million for the development of business cases for eight water infrastructure projects that will help secure Australia’s water future, with one being the Mornington Peninsula Shire’s Tyabb-Somerville Recycled Water Irrigation scheme.
The Tyabb-Somerville Recycled Water Irrigation Scheme is located in the Tyabb, Somerville and Pearcedale agricultural precincts around the Westernport catchment.
The Tyabb-Somerville scheme will provide the following benefits to local communities:
- Provide Class A recycled water to Tyabb and Somerville,
- Increased water security for Tyabb and Somerville argricultural precincts,
- Support for crop rotation, new land irrigation and additional economic activity,
- Provide up to 2,400 ML per annum of climate independent affordable water,
- Support an estimated $50 – $60 million in gross agricultural production.
Federal Member for Flinders the Hon. Greg Hunt MP welcomed the investment in the Tyabb-Somerville Recycled Water Irrigation scheme.
“This funding commitment is great news for our local communities, agricultural water users and the construction industry,” Minister Hunt said.
“This commitment shows the Morrison Government’s investment framework in action, driving future investment decisions in nationally significant water infrastructure projects, including those that will directly benefit the Mornington Peninsula Shire.”
“The staged development of business cases, like the ones we are investing in through the 2021–22 Budget, will provide a wealth of information and investigative analysis to support future decisions on moving these projects into construction.”
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack said these business cases will inform more investment in new water infrastructure as part of the National Water Grid investment pipeline.
“We have already committed more than $1.5 billion to over 20 water infrastructure projects with a total construction value in excess of $2.6 billion,” the Deputy Prime Minister said.
“Of these, eight have already been completed.”
“The Australian Government is delivering the water infrastructure that forms the National Water Grid as part of our $3.5 billion investment to secure Australia’s water future.”
“By investing in business cases we are demonstrating our commitment to supporting Australia’s regional economies over the long term and strengthening our 10-year rolling program of priority water infrastructure investments.”
“The development of robust business cases is an important step to support and inform evidence-based investment decisions, as we look to identify and build the dams, weirs, pipelines, water recycling plants and other projects that will form the National Water Grid.”
“Good planning leads to good delivery.”
Nationally, the new business cases being funded are:
- Lostock Dam to Glennies Creek Dam Pipeline in New South Wales;
- Nyngan to Cobar Pipeline in New South Wales;
- Pakenham Cora Lynn Recycled Water Scheme for Agriculture in Victoria;
- Coliban Regional Modernisation in Victoria;
- Sunbury-Bulla-Keilor Agricultural Rejuvenation in Victoria;
- Tyabb-Somerville Recycled Water Irrigation Scheme in Victoria;
- New Water Infrastructure to the Barossa in South Australia; and
- Tasmania’s South East Integration Project.
For further information, visit www.nationalwatergrid.gov.au.