National Water Security Plan for Cities and Towns

​​​The National Water Security Plan for Cities and Towns funded practical projects that save water and reduce water losses in cities and towns nationally, predominately in towns with populations of less than 50,000.  It included the COAG water reform work program - Strategy on Water and Wastewater Services in Remote Communities (including Indigenous Communities) initiative projects.

The National Water Security Plan for Cities and Towns programme is closed and no future funding rounds are planned at this time.

Project maps

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New South Wales

DescriptionLocationAustralian Government Funding
(GST exclusive)
Bathurst Water Filtration Plant - Supernatant Recycling ProjectBathurst, NSW$826,444
Bellbrook Water Treatment PlantBellbrook, NSW$700,000
Chaffey Dam Augmentation ProjectTamworth, NSW$18,145,000
COAG Strategy on Water and Wastewater Services in Remote (including Indigenous) Communities - New South WalesWalgett & Wilcannia, NSW$6,400,000
Cooks River Urban Water InitiativeSydney, NSW$2,000,000
Lithgow Golf Course Recycled Water ProjectLithgow, NSW$350,000
MidCoast Water - Water Recycling & Reuse ProgramHawks Nest, Tuncurry, Harrington$6,189,000
Nambucca Water Security ProjectNambucca, NSW$10,000,000
Oberon Timber Complex Water Support InitiativeOberon, NSW$109,931
Penrith Recycled Water Scheme Stage 2Penrith, NSW$2,700,000
Port Macquarie Potable Water Reduction ProjectPort Macquarie, NSW$350,000
Split Rock to Barraba PipelineBarraba, NSW$6,550,000
Sustainable Water Management ProjectWingecarribee Shire, NSW$606,725
Water Audits and Rebates for Large Water UsersEurobodalla Shire, NSW$127,866


DescriptionLocationAustralian Government Funding
(GST exclusive)
COAG Strategy on Water and Wastewater Services in Remote (including Indigenous) Communities - Queensland Wujal Wujal, Woorabinda, Mornington Island, Doomadgee, Aurukun & Hope$8,496,000
Long Term Water Security Plan for RollestonRolleston, QLD$972,500
Mossman Recycled Water SchemeMossman, QLD$2,119,670
Port Douglas Water Demand Management ProjectPort Douglas, QLD$939,136
Potable Water Infrastructure Improvement ProjectBirdsville & Bedourie, QLD$700,000
Proud Mary: Smart Water - Modernising Maryborough's Water and Wastewater SystemsMaryborough, QLD$5,739,471
Ridges at Peregian Springs Climate Change Adaptive Urban DevelopmentPeregian Springs, QLD$137,000
Rockhampton to Gladstone PipelineRockhampton, QLD$10,000,000
Upgrade to Blackall Water Reticulation SystemBlackall, QLD$430,000
Western Downs Smart Metering Western Downs Region, QLD$405,000

South Australia

DescriptionLocationAustralian Government Funding
(GST exclusive)
Berri-Barmera Council Drip Irrigation Installation Berri, Barmera, Cobdogla & Monash, SA$1,084,526
COAG Strategy on Water and Wastewater Services in Remote (including Indigenous) Communities - South Australia Amata & Mimili, SA$5,550,000
'Fit for Purpose' - Supplementary Water SchemesFreeling & Kapunda, SA$975,394
McLaren Vale Recycled WaterMcLaren Vale, SA$3,500,000
Naracoorte Regional Livestock Exchange Reclaimed Water Reuse ProjectNaracoorte, SA$1,850,000
Port Augusta Wastewater Reuse SchemePort Augusta, SA$914,500
Port Pirie Community Water Reuse ProjectPort Pirie, SA$2,500,000
Salisbury Stormwater Harvesting ProjectCity of Salisbury, SA$6,550,000
Securing the Potable Water Supply - Water Reuse Scheme Port Lincoln, SA$459,150
Statewide Cities and Towns Project, Local Government Association of SAStatewide SA$7,169,000
Waterproofing CedunaCeduna, SA$740,000
Waterproofing Whyalla - Extension to Recycled Water Irrigation NetworkWhyalla, SA$2,271,340


DescriptionLocationAustralian Government Funding
(GST exclusive)
Derwent Estuary Recycling and Irrigation System Clarence, Tas$10,500,000
Huon Valley Regional Water SchemeHuon Valley, Tas$12,000,000
Kingborough Sports Precinct Stormwater Harvesting and Reuse ProjectKingborough, Tas$18,330
Water Metering TasmaniaStatewide Tas$10,000,000


DescriptionLocationAustralian Government Funding
(GST exclusive)
Cranbourne Aquatic & Leisure CentreCranbourne, Vic$5,000,000
Croydon Leisure and Aquatic Centre & Croydon Memorial Pool Croydon, Vic$366,000
Phillip Island Recycled Water Scheme Phillip Island, Vic$2,850,000
Recycled Water Plant for Victorian Surf Coast CorridorBlack Rock, Vic$10,000,000
Reducing Water Loss in the Otway Water Supply SystemWarrnambool, Vic$559,440
Securing Water for Sunbury Community FacilitiesSunbury, Vic$259,000

Western Australia

DescriptionLocationAustralian Government Funding
(GST exclusive)
Busselton Water Meter Reading RetrofitBusselton, WA$763,288
COAG Strategy on Water and Wastewater Services in Remote (including Indigenous) Communities - Western Australia Warmun & Ardyaloon, WA$11,000,000
East Pilbara Integrated Water Efficiency East Pilbara, WA$2,150,000
Goldfields Integrated Water EfficiencyKalgoorlie-Boulder, WA$2,150,000
Great Southern Integrated Water EfficiencyAlbany & Denmark, WA$2,388,800
Greater Geraldton Stormwater Harvesting and EfficiencyGeraldton, WA$3,000,000
ICLEI OceaniaRegional WA$20,500
Increasing Merredin's Stormwater Holding Capacity & Minimising Evaporation Water LossesMerredin, WA$410,679
Kalbarri Waste Water Treatment Plant UpgradeKalbarri, WA$1,950,000
Kimberley Integrated Water EfficiencyBroome & Halls Creek, WA$1,356,850
Mundijong Whitby Integrated Water Cycle Management Plan Serpentine Jarrahdale Shire$200,000
Restoration of Hyde Park LakesHyde Park, WA$1,500,000
Subiaco In-Plant Water TreatmentSubiaco, WA$2,455,000
Urban Waterways Renewal ProjectCanning and Southern River, Perth, WA$4,000,000
West Pilbara Integrated Water EfficiencyWest Pilbara, WA$4,950,000

Australian Capital Territory

DescriptionLocationAustralian Government Funding (GST exclusive)
Australian National Botanic Gardens Non-Potable PipelineCanberra, ACT$1,500,000

Northern Territory

DescriptionLocationAustralian Government Funding (GST exclusive)
Alice Springs Desert Smart Water PlanAlice Springs, NT$7,490,000
COAG Strategy on Water and Wastewater Services in Remote (including Indigenous) Communities - Northern Territory Galiwinku, Angurugu, Umbakumba, Nguiu & Wadeye, NT$20,250,000
Last reviewed: 4 November 2019
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