The Federal and State Governments have announced an extra $15 million for Kangaroo Island’s new desalination plant.
Today’s announcement will bring the total funding to $47.8 million and bring the project to fruition on an island that attracts more than 140,000 tourists each year.
Minister David Littleproud said the plant will improve water security, support vital industries, in a community devastated by the Black Summer bushfires.
“The desalination plant is the first of many priority projects that will receive local economic recovery funding available for bushfire affected communities. This ensures a locally-led approach to bushfire recovery,” Minister Littleproud said.
South Australian Deputy Premier and KI native, Vickie Chapman said the investment will create an estimated 500 jobs and add over $200 million of economic value to Kangaroo Island in the next 15 years.
“This summer’s devastating bushfires highlighted the vulnerability of Kangaroo Island’s water infrastructure and the need for greater resilience for the future – the new desalination plant will provide this," Deputy Premier Chapman said.
Minister for Environment and Water, David Speirs said that Kangaroo Islanders have been wanting this type of water infrastructure for a long time.
“Engagement with the local community over the past three years has made it clear greater capacity generated by this plant is needed to improve drinking water security and provide better water infrastructure to support the local tourism and agriculture industries,” Minister Speirs said.
The desalination plant will take between 18 and 24 months to complete with operations estimated to commence in 2022.
Priority projects identified by the states via local communities will continue to be reviewed and fast-tracked by the National Bushfire Recovery Agency as part of a joint funding process with the states.
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