A VOICE from Leeton will assist the federal government on specific water issues.
Elizabeth Stott has been announced as one of seven people to serve on the National Water Grid Authority's advisory body.
The authority is playing a key role in progressing the National Water Grid by shaping national water infrastructure policy and bringing together world best science to identify and plan the next generation of water infrastructure that will support thriving regions by growing primary industries, increasing water security and building resilience to a changing climate.
"I am delighted to be given the opportunity to serve as a member of the advisory body," Mrs Stott said.
"I was appointed alongside seven other members who have experience across engineering, agriculture, economics, environmental and water sciences, infrastructure investment and stakeholder engagement.
"We will be a source of independent advice for the Australian government on specific water infrastructure policy, projects and investment priorities that will help deliver a National Water Grid.
"I'm really looking forward to working with the other members, the National Water Grid Authority and the Deputy Prime Minister."
The authority is part of the Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications.
"Water will determine the future of our regions and I am pleased to see the importance the government is placing on securing Australia's water future through water infrastructure," Mrs Stott said.
"The National Water Grid will be a series of region-specific water storage and distribution solutions that will help grow Australia's agricultural output, increase water security in regional Australia, and build resilience to drought.
"At this stage I am not sure whether we will be looking at any specific infrastructure projects within the MIA."
The authority's objectives are to:
- Develop, in partnership with state and territory governments, a national framework for investment in water infrastructure to identify a pipeline of priority water infrastructure projects that will increase the capacity, connectivity and resilience of Australia's water storage and supply infrastructure and deliver the National Water Grid.
- Use world best science to determine where and how Australia's water resources can be sustainably developed to increase security and reliability of supply. This includes consideration of initiatives such as the Bradfield Scheme and variations.
- Deliver the government's $3.5 billion commitment to identify and build new water infrastructure through the $1.5 billion National Water Infrastructure Development Fund and the $2 billion National Water Infrastructure Loan Facility.