Feds’ water help

A water infrastructure project within the Limestone Coast has received $400,000 in funding from the Federal Government, under the National Water Grid Connections funding pathway.

Federal Member for Barker Tony Pasin said the Government was pleased to support projects that improve the resilience and reliability of water infrastructure, delivering stronger water security outcomes.

“The Regional Recharge Farms project will create groundwater recharge areas, where water is held, allowing it to recharge the aquifer and groundwater supply,” he said.

“This includes the backfilling of internal artificial drains and regulation of artificial drainage outlets.”

“This project will prevent the need to reduce water allocations for primary production, increasing the security and reliability in the Lower Limestone Coast.”

The project will also trial the delivery of recycled waste water from Finger Point Treatment Plant using it as an alternative to the Middle Point Swamp water source.

Mr Pasin said the Regional Recharge Farms project would also help promote local economic activity.

“The $3.5 billion National Water Grid Fund is paving the way to national water security, while promoting local economic activity and job creation along the way,” he said.

“This funding will generate employment outcomes both during construction and post completion and drive short term economic stimulus as we continue to navigate the economic impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic.”

The Regional Recharge Farms project is a joint project between the Federal Government ($400,000), the SA Landscape Priorities Fund ($300,000) and the Limestone Coast Landscape Board Council ($100,000).

Visit www.nationalwatergrid.gov.au for further information.