National Urban Water and Desalination Plan

​The National Urban Water and Desalination Plan assisted major towns and cities to secure their water supplies and reduce their reliance on rainfall dependent sources by supporting infrastructure projects and research in desalination, water recycling and stormwater harvesting and reuse.

The National Urban Water and Desalination Plan program is closed and no future funding rounds are planned at this time.

National projects

Project nameThemeAustralian Government funding (excl. GST)
Australian Centre of Excellence in Water Recycling (based in Brisbane)Water Recycling$22,000,000 (inclusive of GST)
National Centre of Excellence in Desalination (based in Perth)Desalination$20,000,000

New South Wales projects

Project nameThemeAustralian Government funding (excl. GST)
Terrigal Central Business District and Hylton Moore Park Stormwater Harvesting ProjectStormwater$2,000,000
Manly Golf Course Stormwater Harvesting and Reuse ProjectStormwater$2,091,700
Blacktown Stormwater Harvesting and Reuse Using Managed Aquifer Recharge ProjectStormwater$2,212,500
Apex Oval/East Dubbo Sporting Complex Water Harvesting at a Regional Sporting VenueStormwater$4,506,500
Alexandra Canal Catchment Stormwater Reuse SchemeStormwater$7,633,000
Lower Hunter Recycled Water InitiativeWater Recycling$8,850,000
Water Security for the Community and Council Facilities in the City of Canada BayStormwater$1,894,963
Peakhurst Light Industrial Stormwater Harvesting and Reuse SchemeStormwater$1,071,738

Queensland projects

Project nameThemeAustralian Government funding (excl. GST)
South Bank Stormwater Harvesting and Reuse Centre ProjectStormwater$3,300,000
Fitzgibbon Rainwater Harvesting to Potable Reuse Scheme (PotaRoo) ProjectStormwater$4,050,000
Fitzgibbon Stormwater Harvesting (FiSH) ProjectStormwater$3,086,600
Brisbane City's Stormwater Harvesting and Resue ProjectStormwater$5,391,000

South Australia projects

Project nameThemeAustralian Government funding (excl. GST)
Adelaide Botanic Gardens First Creek Wetland Aquifer Storage and Recovery ProjectStormwater$2,935,000
City of Unley Stormwater Harvesting and Reuse ProjectStormwater$2,558,000
Oaklands Park Stormwater SchemeStormwater$3,732,500
Adelaide Airport Stormwater Scheme Stormwater$4,864,000
Adelaide Desalination PlantDesalination$328,000,000
Glenelg to Adelaide Park Lands Recycled Water ProjectWater Recycling$30,150,000
Water Proofing the West Stage 1 - City of Charles SturtStormwater$20,000,000
Water Proofing the South Stage 2 - City of OnkaparingaStormwater$14,970,000
Unity Park Infiltration and Reuse - City of SalisburyStormwater$6,990,000
Barker Inlet Stormwater Reuse SchemeStormwater$3,925,000
Playford Stormwater Harvesting and Reuse SchemeStormwater$9,600,000
Waterproofing Eastern Adelaide (Feasibility Study)Stormwater$500,000
Waterproofing Eastern Adelaide ProjectStormwater$9,500,000
Waterproofing Greater GawlerStormwater$500,000
Murray Bridge Stormwater Management and Reuse SchemeStormwater$7,115,000
Cobbler Creek-An Integrated Flood Mitigation, Harvesting and Re-use SchemeStormwater$2,210,000
Gawler Reuse ProjectStormwater$10,700,000

Tasmanian projects

Project nameThemeAustralian Government funding (excl. GST)
Derwent Park Stormwater Harvesting and Industrial Reuse SchemeStormwater$9,244,000
Integrating Water Cycle Management at Nyrstar HobartStormwater$2,641,440

Victorian projects

Project nameThemeAustralian Government funding (excl. GST)
Harnessing Ballarat's StormwaterStormwater$1,544,700
Kalkallo Stormwater Harvesting and Reuse ProjectStormwater$9,274,000 
Geelong-Shell Water Recycling ProjectWater Recycling$20,000,000
Stormwater Harvesting – Geelong's PlanStormwater$2,625,000
Hobson's Bay Water Security ProjectStormwater$3,130,600
City of Maribyrnong Stormwater Harvesting ProjectStormwater$319,436
West Werribee Dual Supply (Aquifer Storage and Recovery) ProjectWater Recycling$11,400,000
City of Brimbank Alternative Water ProjectStormwater$3,990,000
Working Wetlands (Royal Botanic Gardens)Stormwater$1,980,000
Clayton South Retarding Basin & Namatjira Park Stormwater Reuse ProjectStormwater$2,427,500
Melbourne Water Security Through Stormwater Harvesting ProjectsStormwater$7,290,100
Melbourne Park Stormwater Harvesting ProjectStormwater$2,959,800
Eastern Melbourne Parks and Gardens Stormwater Harvesting SchemeStormwater$4,880,000
New Melbourne Wholesale Markets Stormwater Harvesting and Reuse ProjectStormwater$4,694,000
Coburg Principal Activity Centre Stormwater Harvesting and Reuse ProjectStormwater$70,000
Extending Water Recycling at TorquayWater Recycling$10,500,000
Toolern Stormwater Harvesting ProjectWater Recycling$374,358

Western Australian projects

Project nameThemeAustralian Government funding (excl. GST)
Southern Seawater Desalination PlantDesalination$18,400,000
Perth Residential Water Efficiency ProjectWater Recycling$2,400,000
Last reviewed: 4 November 2019
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