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MEDIA RELEASE The Hon Malcolm Turnbull MP Australian Minister for the Environment and Water Resources

T94/07 26 June 2007

MILLIONS TO FLOW TO SECURE SOUTH AUSTRALIA’S WATER SUPPLY

Minister for the Environment and Water Resources, Malcolm Turnbull, today announced the Australian government will provide $34.5 million from the Water Smart Australia Programme with a total value up to $119.3 million to the Waterproofing the South project to enable greater recycling and stormwater reuse in Southern Adelaide.

Mr Turnbull said, “The project consists of a number of elements which when combined will help secure the long term water supply for the community and community facilities by drastically diversifying its water resources.

“The core of the project will enable reuse of recycled water in the Onkaparinga region to be doubled going from 4.4 gigalitres per year to 8.8 gigalitres year by 2011. There is capacity for this to expand significantly if demand in the region increases.

“Gaining a secure long term water supply will benefit both the environment and industry in the region.

“For example, the local viticulture industry will be able to expand by using recycled water whilst our precious ocean ecosystems, including fragile seagrass communities and reefs located in Gulf St Vincent, will be preserved by reducing the volume of treated effluent discharged to the marine environment.

“The project also includes an upgrade of the capacity of the Christies Beach Wastewater Treatment Plant to provide Class A water for use in the viticulture industry and for community facilities.

“This additional water will be sourced from treated effluent that has historically been discharged into the Gulf St Vincent.

“An upgrade of storage facilities in the region and an upgrade of the Willunga Basin Water Company pipeline will enable the supply of recycled water to urban areas of Flaxmill, Seaford, Noarlunga and Sellicks beach.

Other elements of the project to help secure the region’s long term water security will be negotiated with the proponents.

The Australian Government has committed $138 million to 425 water projects for South Australia worth more than $360 million under the $2.2 billion Australian Government Water Fund. Overall the Australian Government has committed more than $1.45 billion to 3401 water projects across Australia worth $4.2 billion.

Further information on this project and other Water Smart Australia projects is available from http://www.nwc.gov.au/agwf/wsa/projects_by_state.cfm

Media Contact: Brad Burke 0400337252

WATER SMART AUSTRALIA PROGRAMME 2007 INVESTMENTS

Project Information

Waterproofing the South Southern Adelaide, South Australia Total funding: The Australian Government will provide $34.5 million (plus GST) to the project. The City of Onkaparinga Council, SA Water, Adelaide Mount Lofty Ranges NRM Board, Willunga Basin Water Company and Flinders University will also contribute to the project to provide a total investment of up to $119.3 million.

About the project

The aim of the project is to diversify Southern Adelaide’s water resources to help alleviate the areas reliance on the River Murray and current groundwater sources. The additional water sourced from the strategy will be delivered to multiple outcomes including urban re-use and viticulture.

The project consists of a number of elements which include:

• an upgrade of the capacity of the Christies Beach Wastewater Treatment Plant to provide Class A water for use in the viticulture industry and for community facilities. This additional water will be sourced from treated effluent that has historically been discharged into the Gulf St Vincent • upgrades to storage facilities in the region and the expansion of the Willunga Basin

Water Company pipeline to enable the supply of recycled water to urban areas and for viticulture.

Project benefits It is anticipated that the project will: • increase the reuse of recycled water in the Onkaparinga region from 4.4GL/yr to 8.8GL/yr by 2011 and provide capacity for significant expansion beyond this with an

expected population increase in the region • reduce the demand on potable water supply for urban use • enable expansion of the viticulture industry which is currently limited by available water resource

• help to preserve ocean ecosystems including fragile seagrass communities and reefs located in Gulf St Vincent by reducing in the volume of stormwater and effluent discharged to the Gulf.

This project delivers on the Australian Government’s commitment to improve water management as outlined in South Australia - A More Sustainable Future at the last election.

About the Australian Government Water Fund The Australian Government Water Fund is a $2.2 billion investment in water solutions for current and future generations. The Fund is a major investment by the Australian Government in water infrastructure, improved water management, and better practices in the stewardship of Australia’s scarce water resources. It will create opportunities for industries, for investment and for jobs while at the same time protecting and restoring our environment. The Fund comprises three programmes — the $1.6 billion Water Smart Australia programme, the $200 million Raising National Water Standards programme and the $400 million Community Water Grants programme.