Michael Johnsen MP, Member for Upper Hunter, today announced that the NSW Government will provide an additional $100,000 in funding for Upper Hunter Shire Council to continue water carting in Murrurundi.
Mr Johnsen said the funding forms part of the Government’s wider drought support package across Regional NSW.
“The Nationals in Government have moved quickly and decisively to assist Regional NSW during this drought. We know communities like Murrurundi are doing it tough and need our support to ensure water security for residents and businesses,” Mr Johnsen said.
“This emergency funding will ensure that Murrurundi continues to receive carted water supplies until the new pipeline is activated.”
“The initiative will ensure essential water supplies can continue to be carted to the local community.
“The NSW government has committed $260,000 to Upper Hunter Shire Council since January 2019 to support water carting to Murrurundi.
“Our local Council has been able to supply up to 90 kilolitres a day from sources such as groundwater for over a year, and this extra funding will ensure council can meet the community’s daily water supply needs,” Mr Johnsen concluded.
Water carting will continue until construction of the new pipeline from Scone to Murrurundi is completed.
The new funding is part of the NSW Government’s emergency drought response in Regional NSW, and brings the total investment for Murrurundi to $260,000 since 2019.
The funding forms part of the Government’s total drought assistance package of $3.3 billion since 2017.
Further details on the NSW Government’s drought assistance to the community can be found at https://www.dpi.nsw.gov.au/climate-and-emergencies/droughthub