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Water Infrastructure Development Fund

In the White Paper on Developing Northern Australia the Government committed to fund detailed water resource assessment to provide a comprehensive and integrated evaluation of the feasibility, economic viability and sustainability of water resource development in northern Australia.

The $500 million Water Infrastructure Development Fund has been established to facilitate greater investment in water infrastructure nationally. The Fund includes a dedicated northern component of $170 million.

Applications for the first round of feasibility study funding closed on 21 January 2016. More information is available at National Water Infrastructure Development Fund

The Fund also included:

  • up to $15 million for CSIRO to undertake water resource assessments to determine available water and best locations for water infrastructure in the Mitchell River catchment (Queensland), the West Kimberley (Western Australia) and the Darwin region (Northern Territory), and

  • up to $5 million each for detailed examinations of the economic feasibility of Nullinga Dam (Queensland) and Ord Stage 3 development (Western Australia/Northern Territory), including examination of soil salinity in the Ord.

The water resource assessments have commenced.