NSW dam investigation seeks strategic partnership

Posted 13 September 2016

Lachlan ValleyInvestigations into a potential new dam in central west New South Wales are entering phase two, with WaterNSW calling for tenders to assist.

The second phase of the Lachlan Valley Priority Catchment Water Security Investigations will involve feasibility studies, a cost-benefit analysis and identify how a new dam could be used with complementary options to meet water security needs.

The potential social, economic and environmental impacts of storage and other measures will also be considered.

WaterNSW is calling for tenders for a strategic partner to assist with the investigations, after shortlisting four companies.

Member for Cootamundra Katrina Hodgkinson said phase one investigations found a lack of water security was limiting the region's economic growth and storage could improve the situation.

“Improved water security would enable the region to better cater for future population growth, help local communities improve agricultural productivity and combat drought conditions,” Hodgkinson said.

Nationals candidate for Orange Scott Barrett said water security options needed to meet the current and future demands of the region.

“Additional water storage could potentially provide subsequent benefits, such as flood mitigation and tourism opportunities,” Barrett said. 

The investigation is expected to take two years.

WaterNSW will outline likely timeframes and potential opportunities for stakeholder involvement once the strategic partner is confirmed.