The Morrison Coalition Government has committed $4.7 million to progress the important South East irrigation scheme Integration Project.

This funding will support the development of a detailed business case for the project, which aims to provide an additional 12GL of summer water and 18GL of winter water to agricultural producers in the region.

Liberal Senator for Tasmania, Claire Chandler welcomed the investment, which would increase water security in the state’s south east region.

“The South East Integration Project aims to integrate and expand existing irrigation schemes in the region to improve water volume and reliability for users,” Senator Chandler said.

“The Tasmanian Liberal team has worked closely with the Tasmanian Government to construct new irrigation schemes in recent years, and it is very pleasing that both governments are now supporting the business case for the South East Integration Project.

“The development of the business case will provide a wealth of information and investigative analysis to support future decisions on moving the project into the construction phase.”

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack said the business cases announced today will inform more investment in new water infrastructure around Australia as part of the National Water Grid investment pipeline.

“We have already committed more than $1.5 billion to over 20 water infrastructure projects with a total construction value in excess of $2.6 billion,” the Deputy Prime Minister said.

“Of these, eight have already been completed.

“The Australian Government is delivering the water infrastructure that forms the National Water Grid as part of our $3.5 billion investment to secure Australia’s water future.

“By investing in business cases we are demonstrating our commitment to supporting Australia’s regional economies over the long term and strengthening our 10-year rolling program of priority water infrastructure investments.

“The development of robust business cases is an important step to support and inform evidence-based investment decisions, as we look to identify and build the dams, weirs, pipelines, water recycling plants and other projects that will form the National Water Grid.”

For further information, visit www.nationalwatergrid.gov.au.