South Australia has today received funding support towards a $155.6 million initiative which will create an estimated 3700 jobs and add more than $500 million a year to the State's economy.
Funding has been secured through the National Water Infrastructure Development Fund (NWIDF) for the Northern Adelaide Irrigation Scheme (NAIS). The SA Government committed $110 million committed earlier this year.
The scheme will deliver an additional 60 per cent or 12 gigalitres a year of high quality recycled water from the Bolivar Wastewater Treatment Plant. This is suitable for commercial food crops and will help expand the State’s irrigated primary production industry in the Northern Adelaide Plains north of the Gawler River.
The Northern Adelaide Irrigation Scheme (NAIS) is one of eight South Australian ‘priority initiatives’ on Infrastructure Australia’s Priority List. To deliver the additional recycled water, upgrades are required to the Bolivar Wastewater Treatment Plant, as well as a new pipe network north of the Gawler River. Once necessary approvals are in place, construction will take approximately a year and a half.
An independent economic assessment has identified the extra 12 GL of recycled water a year would create 3700 jobs in the region and add $578 million a year to the state's economy - growing to 6,000 jobs and $1.1 billion a year when at the full 20 GL capacity.
Premier Jay Weatherill said the scheme is about supporting our State’s primary production industry and Adelaide’s northern suburbs.
"The Federal Government has made a valuable contribution to an initiative which will provide economic growth and stability in the Northern Adelaide Plains," he said.
Water and the River Murray Minister Ian Hunter said that access to affordable and high security recycled water supply would be addressed.
"The Northern Adelaide Plains is positioned to become a premier intensive food production zone, and we must support and invest in it now to ensure it can meet this potential," he said.
Tenders and contracts relating to the project will be available on Australian Tenders as they are released. Current tenders in South Australia can be viewed here.