Drought measures: Key community information sessions for Peel River landholders and users

Drought measures: Key community information sessions for Peel River landholders and users

25 July 2019

WaterNSW and Tamworth Regional Council will host community information sessions for landholders, industry, irrigators and other water users affected by drought response measures.

Vital steps are being taken to ensure critical town water supply should the drought and record low dam inflows continue. Measures include cutting Peel River flows at Dungowan with a temporary weir (block-bank) by the end of the year. Flows in the Peel River below Dungowan would then be reliant only on local tributary inflows.

Two information sessions are being held for Peel River landholders and community on:

  • Monday, 5 August at the Dungowan Hotel, 7-9 pm
  • Tuesday, 6 August at Tamworth Community Centre, 7-9 pm

These sessions will provide the latest updates on the temporary weir projects along with current forecasts. Those interested in attending are asked to register interest via email (waternsw.droughtresponse@waternsw.com.au) or call 1300 662 077.

WaterNSW is also engaging directly with landholders potentially affected by these drought responses to ensure they are aware of drought projects and to provide them with details about the information sessions.

To extend critical water supply to Tamworth, Moonbi and Kootingal at least two temporary weirs will be needed to restrict river flows upstream and downstream of Tamworth.

This project was included in a NSW Government announcement of $5.3 million in water security projects to extend essential town supply to Tamworth.

$3.4million has been allocated to implement short-term works to reduce transmission losses from water travelling via the Peel River to Tamworth, including utilising the existing Dungowan to Tamworth pipeline.

Almost $2 million will be used to plan for a long-term water security solution for Tamworth involving a proposed pipeline from Chaffey Dam to the existing Dungowan to Tamworth pipeline to drought-proof the city against future severe drought events.

For more information visit waternsw.com.au/peelvalley

WaterNSW media - Tony Webber, 0428 613 478

Tamworth Regional Council media – Kyla Hill, (02) 6767 5235, or 0436 288 219


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