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Rudd Government provides up to $1.5 million for Namoi water study.

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PW 246/08 2 December, 2008 RUDD GOVERNMENT PROVIDES UP TO $1.5 MILLION FOR NAMOI WATER STUDY The Rudd Government will contribute up to $1.5 million towards a study into surface and groundwater resources in the Namoi region, Minister for Climate Change and Water, Senator Penny Wong, said today. “This study into water resources in the Namoi region will help determine the most sustainable allocation of water having regard to agriculture, mining operations and the environment,” Senator Wong said. “The Commonwealth’s funding is subject to matching funding from the New South Wales Government and from the mining industry.” Objectives of the study are to: Provide scientific information on water resources in the Namoi catchment; Advance knowledge and understanding of the quantity and quality of surface and groundwater resources; and Provide scientific information to benefit community awareness, decision processes in all spheres of government and stakeholders in the agricultural and mining sectors. The study is to be managed by a steering committee and will draw on scientific and other expertise. In particular it will examine the connectivity between surface and groundwater in the Namoi catchment, including the Peel River and Mooki River, Gins Leap constriction, Maules Creek and Plan Creek. Reports from the study will be made publicly available when completed.