The NSW Government today announced the project team responsible for delivering two key water infrastructure projects as part of the Critical Needs Water legislation introduced last year. The new Dam Delivery Team, within WaterNSW, will be led by a senior WaterNSW Director with expertise in delivering critical water infrastructure across Australia.

Deputy Premier and Minister responsible for Disaster Recovery John Barilaro said the Dam Delivery Team is overseeing the planning and development of the new Dungowan and Wyangala Dam projects, with preliminary construction to begin late this year.

“We announced the funding for the dam in October, we passed legislation to fast track the projects in November, the new team has been appointed and we will have shovels in the ground later this year,” Mr Barilaro said.

Minister for Water, Property and Housing Melinda Pavey said the new team will be critical in delivering the Government’s priority dam projects. “The NSW Government selected Dungowan, Wyangala and Mole River as key projects to be fast tracked under new legislation to deliver vital water infrastructure for regional NSW,” Mrs Pavey said.

“NSW is experiencing the worst drought on record and the Government is focusing its efforts on infrastructure to ensure greater resilience now and into the future. “This appointment coincides with plans to advance the start of community consultation.”

Concurrent with the planning and development of the dam projects, WaterNSW is developing a community engagement plan to keep local communities, customers and other stakeholders up to date throughout this important project.

Regular community information sessions will occur in coming months, with details advertised on the WaterNSW website and via local media outlets. WaterNSW is also fast tracking the expressions of interest process to engage a delivery.