THE status of the Dungowan Dam feasibility study is clouded, with the government leaving questions on its timeline unanswered.
The federal government has committed $75 million to upgrade the dam from 6.3 gigalitres to 44 gigalitres. However, the $150m project cannot go ahead without funding from the NSW government, which it will not provide until the $850,000 study has been completed.
The Leader understands the study has been completed, however it found upgrading would be more expensive than anticipated, forcing details to be double checked – something the government was unable to confirm.
It took more than three weeks for NSW Water Minister Niall Blair to respond to The Leader’s inquiries.
A spokeswoman said the government was “working closely with WaterNSW to deliver the feasibility study”. “There have been no changes to the delivery timeline,” she said.