Discussions will take place this month with businesses interested in applying for water for agricultural use from the Bundaleer Reservoir, in the state’s Mid North.
The proposed Bundaleer Pipeline Scheme will provide an additional 275 megalitres of water to industry around the reservoir through a 12 kilometre pipeline and other related infrastructure.
Primary Industries and Regions SA (PIRSA) and SA Water are holding a public information meeting on 20 June in Spalding and are encouraging anyone who is interested in the opportunities the scheme may provide, to attend.
Quotes attributable to PIRSA’s Rural Solutions SA Executive Director, Dan Casement
The Bundaleer Reservoir is in a corridor of high value agricultural production, running from Two Wells to Whyalla.
The area is poised to become one of the nation’s most vibrant and successful agriculture production corridors – creating jobs and generating a wealth of connected opportunities and revenue along the way.
We are working across government to ensure agricultural industries in this area have access to the natural resources and infrastructure required to produce premium food and wine.
Engagement with industry in the region has indicated a strong interest in water from Bundaleer reservoir; PIRSA and SA Water are committed to a fair and equitable water application process for local businesses who wish to access this water.
The scheme would deliver 275 megalitres a year of sustainable, untreated water to industry adjacent the Bundaleer Reservoir, supporting the expansion of premium food production in the Mid North, one of our prime agriculture regions.
The South Australian Government has committed $3.18 million towards the Bundaleer Pipeline Scheme and matching funding is being sought from the Australian Government.
If federal funding is secured, successful applicants will be offered water supply contracts for the delivery of water through the scheme.
This funding is expected to be announced in mid-2017 and, pending this, construction of the scheme would begin by the end of the year.
For further information on the proposed Bundaleer Pipeline Scheme, visit the SA Water website.
The public information meeting will be held on:
Tuesday 20 June, 1pm – 3pm
Spalding Country Fire Service Shed, Jamestown Rd, Spalding
If you would like to attend the meeting, please register your interest by contacting Michael Wurst at PIRSA’s Jamestown office on 8664 1408 or email email@example.com