The National Water Infrastructure Development Fund is an initiative of the Australian Government to accelerate the assessment of water infrastructure options which could stimulate regional economic activity. The Australian Department of Agriculture and Water Resources’ expressions of interest process for Part 1 funding, to undertake feasibility and other preliminary investigations, closed on 1 March 2016.
The Queensland Government facilitated a total of 26 proponents’ applications for Part 1 funding covering a wide range of projects across the state.
On 26 May 2016, the Australian Government announced that 14 Queensland applications are being offered a total of $19.8 million of funding under Part 1 of the National Water Infrastructure Development Fund.
This is in addition to the announcement in 2015 of $5 million for a feasibility study of the proposed Nullinga Dam near Mareeba.
Read more about the successful applications from across Australia.
The Queensland Government is now working with the Australian Government and the successful proponents to establish all the necessary requirements to enable the projects to commence.
Over the second half of 2016, we will contact all of the proponents who were not awarded funding by the Australian Government to discuss their proposals. Discussions will address the drivers and opportunities for increasing water usage as well as the potential options for meeting the water demand that were identified by the proponents.
On 27 October 2016, the Australian Government opened the expression of interest process for Part 2 (the capital component) of the National Water Infrastructure Development Fund. Further information can be found on agriculture.gov.au.
If you have any queries about the Queensland process, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org