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Delivering the water infrastructure of the future



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THE HON. BARNABY JOYCE MP DEPUTY PRIME MINISTER MINISTER FOR AGRICULTURE AND WATER RESOURCES

MR ANDREW BROAD MP FEDERAL MEMBER FOR MALLEE

8 June 2016

DELIVERING THE WATER INFASTRUCTURE OF THE FUTURE

The Coalition Government is getting on with the job of delivering our water infrastructure needs, with Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources Barnaby Joyce today announcing $1.7 million to fast-track a feasibility study into expanding irrigated horticulture in Sunraysia.

“The Government is expediting the planning work required to get water infrastructure projects shovel-ready,” Minister Joyce said.

“We’re serious about ensuring water infrastructure gets built as quickly as possible, to help support strong regional economies and communities.

“This work is a key part of the process, detailing the feasibility, economic returns and sustainability of this project, as we identify the best sites to deliver new water infrastructure.”

Mr Broad said the study will also support productivity, prosperity and regional growth for years to come.

“This study will look at options for further infrastructure to grow the Sunraysia economy and provide increased water security during sustained dry conditions,” Mr Broad said.

“Providing the blueprint for the development of our irrigation district and the potential expansion of irrigated horticulture across the region, the study will support the continued production of our high value boutique crops”

Minister Joyce said the Coalition was delivering on its $2.5 billion commitment to building the water infrastructure of the future.

“It’s the right time for our significant investment in water infrastructure. A transitioning economy and growing global demand for agrifood products mean this is a time of unprecedented opportunity for our agriculture sector,” he said.

“As the economy transitions and diversifies, agricultural exports are playing a more important role than ever in our nation’s economy and prosperity. Rural exports have already overtaken coal to become our second-largest export after iron ore.

“The Coalition is taking action by carrying out the most significant investment in infrastructure in Australian history, including through the roll-out of our $15 billion water reform agenda, so we can make the most of these opportunities.

“From water infrastructure, to transport infrastructure and digital infrastructure, the Coalition is laying the foundations to support a productive and profitable agriculture sector, and a strong national economy.”

Media Contacts: Minister Joyce: Paul Chamberlin - 0419 233 989 Mr Broad: Kirsten Lloyd - 0418 445 233