The state's cotton growers have welcomed the announcement by the NSW Government that WaterNSW has been appointed to build, own and operate the 270km pipeline from the Murray River to Broken Hill.
Construction of the pipeline is expected to begin in 2017 and be complete by late 2018.
"Cotton Australia welcomed the announcement of the pipeline's approval in June, and we thank the NSW Government for following through quickly with the appointment of a contractor to build and operate this important water infrastructure,” says Cotton Australia General Manager, Michael Murray.
“Broken Hill’s water supply has been under pressure for a long time, and we see this announcement as a concrete step towards securing the long-term future for water in Broken Hill."
“This pipeline will help drought-proof Broken Hill, provide more flexibility for managing the Menindee Lakes, and also allow optimal use of water resources in the system for environmental and irrigation purposes. It’s a win for the community, the environment and irrigating farmers.”
Cotton Australia is the peak representative body for Australia’s cotton growing industry.
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