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Who do I contact if I have an idea that could help secure Australia’s water future?

If you have a water infrastructure idea that may be eligible for funding through the National Water Grid Fund, you could bring your idea forward to your relevant state and territory government water Minister’s office.

If your relevant state and territory government representative deem the project suitable, they can submit a project proposal to the National Water Grid Authority (NWGA).

You can find out who your representative is by visiting your state and territory government website.

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Why do I need to contact my state and territory government representative?

In Australia, state and territory governments are responsible for constructing, operating and regulating water infrastructure assets. The NWGA works closely with state and territory governments to deliver nationally significant water infrastructure for regional Australia.

The National Water Grid Investment Framework outlines the eligibility criteria for projects to receive funding. This includes the requirement for project proposals to be submitted, and strongly supported, by the relevant state or territory government to the NWGA in order to receive funding through the National Water Grid Fund.   

Ideas already shared

  • Moving water over long distances

    Proposals to move water over long distances from wet to dry areas of Australia are popular and often suggested to the NWGA. Moving water over long distances is generally costly; factors such as construction and operating costs, technical feasibilities and environmental regulation all need to be considered. The NWGA is looking at these issues in the context of its Science Program and Investment Framework.

  • The Bradfield Scheme and variations

    The National Water Grid Authority commissioned CSIRO to undertake a detailed technical and economic viability analysis to comprehensively assess both the original Bradfield Scheme and contemporary opportunities, based on the latest science, data and technology.

    CSIRO’s study found that despite these advancements, the scheme is not economically viable and that a better use of the available water is across regional Queensland.

  • Desalination

    The NWGA’s Science Program is considering several options to secure Australia’s future water needs, including desalination. Desalination already supplies urban water to some of our major cities, and smaller centres, but its potential to provide fresh water for agricultural use needs further consideration. Technical feasibility, and economic and environmental impacts are some of the factors that will need to be considered.

  • Directing water inland to Lake Eyre

    Proposals to increase permanent water surfaces in inland Australia by diverting water to the Kati Thanda-Lake Eyre Basin (the Lake Eyre Basin) using canals, channels or pipelines, have been popular to date. Climate modelling by the Bureau of Meteorology and CSIRO has found no evidence to support the idea that maintaining Lake Eyre as a permanent water body would result in widespread climate amelioration or increase rainfall.