About this project

The Dungowan to Tamworth Pipeline forms part of the new Dungowan Dam Project. This once-in-a-lifetime critical infrastructure will improve water security for the people and businesses throughout Tamworth and the Peel Valley.

In February 2021 the pipeline contract was awarded to MPC Kinetic, an accomplished water infrastructure deliverer. GeoLINK were then engaged to undertake a Biodiversity Assessment for test pits and bores along the Dungowan to Tamworth pipeline.

Biodiversity expertise and experience
The Biodiversity Assessment assesses the biodiversity values at five locations between Calala Water Treatment Plant and Dungowan Dam, to assist the engineering design. The report accompanies a Review of Environmental Factors for the site.

Project Details
This new 55km pipeline will run from the new Dungowan Dam to the Calala Water Treatment Plant. The project is part of a federal and state jointly-funded package of around $1.1bn for the planning and delivery of three new or increased capacity dams in NSW.

Dungowan Dam near Tamworth will be replaced approximately 3.5km further downstream from the existing dam. Securing the long-term water supply security for Tamworth, the dam upgrade will also allow for future population growth.

Tamworth to benefit
Together with Chaffey Dam (whose capacity has already been increased) the Dungowan Dam project is expected to benefit the region by:

  • Providing water security to the area
  • Maintaining a productive level of water for irrigation
  • underpinning water affordability
  • supporting broader agricultural productivity

GeoLINK’s local touch
Managed by the team in our Armidale office, our regional knowledge and biodiversity experience provided the client with the detail a large-scale project brings. Being able to quickly determine what was needed for the approval process was paramount to both MPC Kinetic and Water NSW.

Our ability to interpret, analyse and clearly communicate the outcomes of the assessment means our client has a full understanding of the biodiversity implications for the project.

Construction of the pipeline is two-phased. Construction of Stage One will start later in 2021 and is expected to take 12-18 months.

Find out more about our ecology and biodiversity services.

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