The Australian and South Australian governments have promised $ 15 million ($ 10.76 million) as a business case to advance the Northern Water Supply Project to secure the future of South Australia’s water.
According to the SA government release On Wednesday, the desalination plant located in the Upper Spencer Gulf is at the top of the list of options under consideration. This is an initiative to reduce water dependence on the Great Artesian Basin and the Murray River.
If the project is successful, there can be 8,000 construction work and up to 6,000 ongoing work in operation.
Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce said the federal government’s $ 5 million investment will further develop the business case that signals the direction of this important project, the South Australian Government’s $ 10 million ($ 7.17 million). He said it was based on his commitment.
“Safe, reliable and sustainable water sources help improve water safety, create jobs and unleash the economic potential of new and expanded opportunities for businesses in the northern part of the state,” he said. Told.
“Since 2015, the Australian Government has contributed more than $ 75 million ($ 53.8 million) from the National Water Grid Fund to projects in South Australia.”
These projects include support for premium grape production at McLaren Vale, water security for farmers on the Coolany Plains, and new water for agribusiness utilizing the Northern Adelaide irrigation scheme.
Mines in the northern part of the state also depend on these sources, which are expensive to extract and can be affected by salt content. In addition, previous attempts to provide sustainable water to the region have failed due to the lack of a strong customer base.
To support the business case, the state government has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with SA Water, BHP, and OZ Minerals to move the project forward.
Prime Minister Stephen Marshall said that the government is always efficient in water, as long-term and safe access to water is important for economic growth, and local communities depend on industry for work and community strength. He said he was looking for a new way to ensure its use.
“Desalination plants will be investigated to provide a sustainable and adequate water supply to support many industries, including the fast-growing hydrogen industry, mining, horticulture, livestock, agriculture, and the transition to Green Steel. It’s an option, “he said.
“We are really pleased to partner with some of South Australia’s leading companies to reduce our reliance on finite water resources and make our state available in the future in a changing climate. “
Rowan Ramsey, a member of Congress at Gray, elaborated on what the Prime Minister had said, saying that South Australia is now heavily dependent on water supplied by either. Great artesian basin Or the Murray River, and drawing more from these sources is not environmentally sound.
“We are familiar with Murray’s long-term problems. The Great Artesian Basin is an essential national treasure for traditional grazing industries and small communities that continue to thrive in harsh environments,” he said.
“We know that the basin will be replenished, but it is a very slow process and maintaining pressure in the basin is paramount. Simply put, growing the resource industry without finding a new water source. I can’t continue. “
Ramsey added that desalination seems like an obvious answer, but there are many community concerns that need to be addressed along the way, and the project will do so.