State secures $500m for water

MINISTER for Primary Industries Katrina Hodgkinson yesterday announced that the NSW Government had received $500 million in funding from the Commonwealth Government for major water infrastructure projects across the state. MINISTER for Primary Industries Katrina Hodgkinson yesterday announced that the NSW Government had received $500 million in funding from the Commonwealth Government for major water infrastructure projects across the state.
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Ms Hodgkinson said the funding is part of $708 million of state-led priority projects agreed inprinciple back in 2008.

“This $500 million will now be directed to four major projects led by NSW DPI and the NSW Office of Water,” she said.

“I have worked hard to see this funding delivered from the Commonwealth. Not receiving these funds until now, four years after they were first agreed to, has unfortunately delayed the benefits that the investment brings.”

Ms Hodgkinson stressed there was no suggestion that funding for these projects would influence the NSW Government’s position on the Commonwealth’s Murray Darling Basin Plan.

“I resolutely maintain that the draft Murray Darling Basin Plan in its current form does not meet the needs of NSW,” Ms Hodgkinson said.

“The Liberals and Nationals have consistently argued that upgrading or installing infrastructure enhances the long-term viability of farming communities and industries.

“Infrastructure investments are the sensible and sustainable way of achieving the triple bottom line outcomes that ensure all social, economic and environmental factors are realistically addressed. I will focus on the best possible outcomes for NSW, and I am not willing to compromise our communities.”

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