Dungowan Dam Replacement


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Dungowan Dam Replacement

Prospective pipeline

Greenfield (construction) or brownfield (government asset divestment) projects needed or likely to occur within the next five years, but is not formally proposed by a state, territory or major local government.

Credibly proposed

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Under procurement

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Preferred bidder announced

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Construction projects: > AUD$300m

Investable greenfield & brownfield: > AUD$100m

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All greenfield and brownfield projects and divestments: > NZD $100 million

STATUS: Announced
SECTOR: Water & sewerage
TYPE: Greenfield

Dungowan Dam is located on Dungowan Creek and supplies water to the town of Tamworth, NSW, via a 55 km pipeline. The dam has a capacity of 6.3 gigalitres.
The project scope involves the replacement of the current dam with a larger dam, increasing the capacity to 22 gigalitres.



Project Timeline

To be announced




In October 2019, the NSW Government introduced legislation to fast track water infrastructure projects where there is a critical town water supply need. This legislation will attempt to shorten the approval process for the project.




In 2016, the Commonwealth Government made an election commitment of $75 million towards the project.

In October 2019, a drought assistance announcement was made by the Commonwealth Government and the NSW Government to provide $480 million in funding on a joint basis, which includes the original $75 million. Half of the Commonwealth's commitment will be funded from the National Water Infrastructure Development Fund; the other half of the Commonwealth commitment will be financed from the National Water Infrastructure Loan Facility and ultimately repaid by NSW Government. Due to the use of the loan facility, the ultimate funding split between Commonwealth and NSW Government's will be 25:75.



Project History

13 October 2019: $480 million in funding was announced for the project by the NSW and Commonwealth Governments.

2016: The Federal Government made an election commitment of $75 million towards the project.

2015: The Dungowan Dam is suggested as a new water infrastructure project in the NSW Government's Agricultural Competitiveness White Paper.



Further Information

Dungowan Dam is owned and operated by Tamworth Regional Council and used solely as town water supply for Tamworth.

Last reviewed: 18/10/2019

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