New mega-litre dam planned near Orange

THE New South Wales Government has announced plans to build a mega-litre dam near Orange.

It will be the first dam the State Government has built in almost three decades.

Deputy Premier Andrew Stoner told ABC Online the 90,000 mega litre dam south of Orange, will be funded from a $325 million Water Security for the Regions program, to drought-proof and secure water supplies in rural areas.

"We want to leave a legacy of transparency and improved standards of living for those regional people that our party is proud to represent," he said.

Mr Stoner said $150 million, to be announced in this week's State Budget, will be spent on the initial construction of the Needles Gap dam along the Belubula River, south of Orange.

Inland Rivers Network president Bev Smiles said the $150 million dedicated to building the new dam should be better spent improving water efficiency in towns and on farms.



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