The Greater Hunter Regional Water Strategy has been unveiled and it includes proposals to connect Singleton to the Hunter Water Corporation.
The strategy released by the NSW Government provides a blueprint of the key infrastructure projects and policies that will aim to secure water for the entire region particularly in times of drought.
“This strategy is about planning for the future, planning for the next 20-30 years so we can secure the Hunter’s economic future and support the growth of industries,” said Minister for Primary Industries and Regional Water Niall Blair.
“As well as considering critical infrastructure, we will also explore new options in improving water reuse schemes for industry and environmental outcomes for our rivers and groundwater.”
The state government is investing $4.3 million in the development of business cases for two major infrastructure projects.
The two business cases will investigate a two-way pipeline between Lobstock Dam and Glennies Creek Dam and a portable water pipeline from Hunter Corporation’s network to Singleton.
It’s the first water strategy to be developed for the Greater Hunter in some time and during that time there have been massive changes in the region from the output of coal to the devastating drought.
The proposed Upper Hunter pipeline would build on the 31km pipeline that was built between the Hunter and Central Coast in 2006.
Upper Hunter MP Michael Johnsen said this strategy is key to catering for a growing population.
“The Greater Hunter region contributes around $50 billion annually to the NSW economy from industries such as electricity generation, mining and agriculture,”
“Water is our most precious resource and how we manage it is key to our regions ongoing success,” said Michael Johnsen.