New territory for water quality


Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, Barnaby Joyce, and Senator for the ACT, Zed Seselja, have today announced a major infrastructure project to improve water quality in the Murrumbidgee River system. 


The Australian Government will contribute up to $76 million towards Phase two of the ACT’s Basin Priority Project to support a healthy and productive Murray–Darling Basin. 


“The project will see the construction of priority water infrastructure across the ACT to reduce the impact of urban run-off and improve downstream water quality and river health,” Minister Joyce said. 


Senator Seselja said improving water quality in the ACT was not only an important element of the Murray–Darling Basin Plan, but also for the local community. 


“Lake Tuggeranong, Lake Ginninderra and Lake Burley Griffin are the centre points of our local communities and like many Canberrans, I’ve spent a lot of time around these waterways with my kids and it’s been very apparent that they are in desperate need of a clean-up. 


“I’m pleased today to be announcing this significant investment in the ACT and to finally get the job done. 


“These water infrastructure works will deliver direct benefits to our local communities with various projects designed to improve the recreational use of Lake Tuggeranong, Lake Ginninderra and Lake Burley Griffin,” Senator Seselja concluded. 


Minister Joyce said the works underlined the government’s nation-wide commitment to delivering the water infrastructure of the future. 


“From water infrastructure, to transport infrastructure and digital infrastructure, this government is laying the foundations to support a productive and profitable agriculture sector, healthy environments and a strong national economy,” Minister Joyce concluded.