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30 May 2014

Work on the $50 million augmentation and safety upgrade will soon be underway following the awarding of the contract to construction firm John Holland.

Project funding includes $18.03M towards the dam safety upgrade component from the NSW Government, and $31.781M for augmentation which is funded by the Australian Government National Water Security Plan for Cities and Towns ($18.145M), the NSW Government ($9.668M) and Tamworth Regional Council ($3.968M).


 April 2014


On 27 February 2014, the NSW Minister for Planning and Infrastructure granted approval to the Project.


On 3 April 2014, the Commonwealth Minister for the Environment granted approval to the Project


February 2013

The Public Exhibition of the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) closed on 31 January 2013.

State Water Corporation is currently reviewing the submissions received during the public exhibition period and preparing a Response to Submissions / Preferred Infrastructure Report which will be submitted to the Department in March 2013.

The EIS is currently being assessed by the Department of Planning and Infrastructure.


Environmental Impact Statement - Public Exhibition (December 2012 - January 2013)

As part of the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) for the Project, WorleyParsons prepared the Chaffey Dam Augmentation and Safety Upgrade Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). The EIS accompanies a State Significant Infrastructure Application, submitted to the Minister for Planning and Infrastructure pursuant to Part 5.1 of the Environmental Planning & Assessment Act (EP&A Act).

 The EIS was submitted to the Department of Planning and Infrastructure on 12 November 2012 for adequacy review.  


On 10 December 2012, the Department advised that the EIS was adequate for public exhibition.


The Department placed the EIS on public exhibition from Wednesday 12 December 2012 until Thursday 31 January 2013. The EIS was exhibited at:


  • Department of Planning and Infrastructure, Information Centre, 23-33 Bridge Street, Sydney;
  • Nature Conservation Council, Level 2, 5 Wilson Street Newtown;
  • Tamworth Regional Council, Ray Walsh House, 437 Peel Street, Tamworth;
  • Nundle Library, 99 Jenkin Street, Nundle; and
  • Woolomin Gold Rush Store, 65-67 Tamworth-Nundle Road, Woolomin.


Any person may make written submissions on the proposal during the exhibition period. Submissions must reach the Department by Thursday 31 January 2013 and must include:

  • your name and address;
  • the name of the application and the application number (SSI-5039)
  • a statement on whether you support or object the proposal; and
  • the reasons why you support or object the proposal

The EIS can still be viewed online on the Department's website click


The Commonwealth Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act) and the NSW EP&A Act are the primary pieces of planning legislation relevant to the Project.


Referral under the Environmental Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (30 August 2012)


On 30 August 2012, a Referral of Proposed Action Form was submitted by State Water to the Commonwealth Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities (SEWPaC). The assessment provided in the Referral concluded that implementation of the Project is not likely to constitute a significant impact on any matter of NES


To access the Referral of Proposed Action Form on the SEWPaC website click


SEWPaC determined that the proposal is a "controlled action" under section 75 of the EPBC Act and requires assessment and a decision on an approval under the EPBC Act. The proposed action is likely to have a significant impact on the following matters protected by the EPBC Act:

  • listed threatened species and communities (sections 18 and 18A

For the purposes of section 87 of the EPBC Act, the project will be assessed by accredited assessment under Part 5.1 of the EP&A Act.


Community Consultation Night (30 August 2012)

A Community Consultation Night and presentation to notify the community of the Project’s progress and to outline the findings of specialist studies was held on 30 August 2012 at the Tamworth Community Centre (Heritage Room), corner of Peel and Darling Streets, Tamworth, from 6:30pm - 8:30pm.

Information regarding staging and timeframes, the process for gaining approving for the Project and the ‘next steps’ in the Project Program were discussed.

The Community Consultation Night had considerably fewer attendees than the first consultation session held on 14 July 2012. It is understood that this may have been due to the fact that Tamworth Regional Council held their second Crime Meeting on the same night, at the Tamworth Regional Entertainment Centre. That meeting was a follow up to their December 2011 public meeting which was attended by more than 1,000 residents who discussed their concerns about rising crime and anti-social behaviour in the Tamworth LGA.

Given the extensive notification and advertising for the Project (letters, newspapers, emails to relevant stakeholders including Council and notices in public places) which took place in early August 2012 advising the community of the second consultation night, it was considered unfortunate that the Crime Meeting was held, at short notice, on the same night.

Minutes of the Community Consultation Night (30 August 2012)


Community Drop- In Sessions (30 and 31 August 2012)

Two informal community drop-in sessions were held to provide the community with information on the project and to allow the community to raise questions or concerns they may have regarding the project. Community drop-in sessions were held at:

  • Tamworth City Plaza Shopping Centre - Thursday 30 August 2012 between 2:30pm and 4:30pm; and
  • Woolomin Gold Rush Store, 65-67 Tamworth-Nundle Road, Woolomin - Friday 31 August 2012 between 9am and 10am.


Community Consultation Day (14 July 2012)

A Community Consultation Day was held on Saturday 14 July 2012 from midday to 2pm at Chaffey Dam, State Water Office, 3580 Nundle Road, Woolomin.

The purpose of this Community Consultation Day was to notify the community of the project details, involve and listen to the community about any concerns they may have and gain information and opinions from various sectors of the community which will assist the proponent in the preparation of the EIA and government authorities in their assessment of the EIA.

The Community Consultation Day was well attended by approximately 40 people including adjoining land owners, local residents, the Tamworth Fishing Club, Peel Valley Water Users and representatives of State Water.

Minutes of the Community Consultation Day (14 July 2012)

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Risk Workshop (15 May 2012)

A Risk Workshop was held on Tuesday 15 May 2012 at State Water's Chaffey Dam offices to bring together key members of the WorleyParsons Project Team, with State Water and key government stakeholders.

Approximately 20 people attended the Risk Workshop including representatives from:

  • State Water Corporation;
  • Office of Water;
  • Department of Primary Industries (Fisheries, Forests and Agriculture);
  • Environment Protection Authority;
  • Namoi Catchment Management Authority;
  • Bowling Alley Point Recreation Trust;
  • Tamworth Regional Council;
  • Tamworth Historical Society; and
  • NSW State Emergency Services.

The Risk Workshop was facilitated to enable constructive discussion on the primary constraints and opportunities of the Project, to identify key risks to successful and timely delivery of Project approvals, and to develop practical, implementable strategies to avoid or minimise the identified risks.

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