WATER FOCUS: The South Burnett Regional Council and North Burnett Regional Council has secured $2 million for a water security fund.
WATER FOCUS: The South Burnett Regional Council and North Burnett Regional Council has secured $2 million for a water security fund. Kate McCormack

Water infrastructure on agenda after region secures funding

WATER security was a top priority for the Burnett in the 2019 Federal Budget.

Maranoa MP David Littleproud secured $2 million for the joint South Burnett and North Burnett Regional Council Infrastructure Feasibility Study.

"This $2 million - under the National Water Infrastructure Development Fund - will enable both councils to undertake a detailed planning analysis of future water infrastructure needs,” Mr Littleproud said.

The councils will develop a business case for more water infrastructure investment in the region.

The Federal Government increased its investment through the National Water Infrastructure Development Fund to more than $1.3 billion.

This will go towards identifying and building water infrastructure that will increase Australia's regional water supply and security, resilience to drought, and supporting the growth of regional economies and communities.

"Through this fund, the Coalition is working in partnership with state and territory governments to co-fund the construction of water infrastructure including dams, weirs, pipelines, waste water treatment and reuse projects,” Mr Littleproud said.

They also managed aquifer groundwater schemes which would increase the water supply and provide secure and affordable water to farmers, agri-businesses and communities.

Local road priorities were also targeted in the Budget.

"Under Roads to Recovery, where the council can use federal funding to target local priorities, the South Burnett will receive more than $1.644 million to upgrade local roads across the region,” Mr Littleproud said.

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