Yulara map, NT.
Distribution and storage improvements
Estimated cost
$23.2 million
Project status

This project is jointly funded by the Australian Government ($13.2 million), the Northern Territory Power and Water Corporation ($5 million) and other partners ($5 million). Australian Government funding is provided through the National Water Grid Fund.

Yulara township in NT.

New water infrastructure for the township of Yulara will provide significant economic and social benefits for the surrounding region, including Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Project overview

The Yulara Water Supply Project will construct new water infrastructure to improve the township’s long-term water security. This will enable development in the area which has been limited by Yulara’s existing water infrastructure.

The project is proposed to be delivered in four stages:

  • Stage 1 – New bore and rising main
  • Stage 2 – Construction of a new water treatment compound and untreated water tank
  • Stage 3 – Construction of a second untreated water tank
  • Stage 4 – Construction of a new water treatment plant.

Once completed, the project is expected to provide an additional 3 megalitres (ML) of water for Yulara per day. This will increase the township’s water supply by up to 1,095 ML each year. This additional water will lead to significant economic and social benefits for the surrounding Lasseter region, including Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

The opportunities expected to be provided by the project will support First Nations economic participation and the local tourism industry. Additional water will support:

  • 60 new residential houses to be built in Yulara
  • expansion of Yulara’s tourist accommodation options to support increasing tourism 
  • the development of additional cultural tourism experiences in the region, including for Uluru
  • increased confidence in private investment in the region 
  • additional employment and training opportunities for local First Nations people.

The project supports progress toward Closing the Gap Targets 6, 7 and 8 with completion expected in 2029.

Key project benefits

Increased storage capacity
Local community
Water security

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