- The theme of this year’s National Water Week (October 19-25) is Reimagining our Water Future.
- The Australian Government is investing in $2 billion water infrastructure to support the agricultural sector to reach their $100 billion target by 2030.
- Water and Infrastructure is one of the seven priority key themes of action to support the industry to grow to a $100 billion industry by 2030.
Water Week is a chance to build awareness around the value to farmers of the world’s most precious resource and what the Australian Government is doing to plumb the nation.
Minister for Agriculture, Drought and Emergency Management, David Littleproud said government was investing another $2 billion into building water infrastructure to support the Australian agriculture sector to grow to $100 billion by 2030.
“Water and Infrastructure is one of the government’s seven priority key areas of action that will support the industry’s 2030 vision,” Minister Littleproud said.
“The theme for National Water Week 2020 is Reimagining our Water Future and that’s exactly what we’re doing.
“In agriculture, it’s a case of just add water. The Government has committed $283.5 million to critical water infrastructure projects such as the Dungowan and Wyangala Dams.
“The Government is committed to building water infrastructure across Australia with an investment of $2 billion in the National Water Infrastructure Development Fund, more than doubling the fund to a total of $3.5 billion.
“The Fund will become a 10-year rolling program to plumb the nation.
“Through the National Water Grid Authority and with the States and Territories, the Government will build dams, weirs and pipelines to boost agricultural production.
“The Government has also committed to 11 initiatives to put communities at the centre of the Murray-Darling Basin Plan ($270 million).
“The Australian Government is pumping up the nation’s water infrastructure to support local jobs and improve the efficiency of the agricultural industry.”