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Northern Adelaide Irrigation Scheme

13 November 2018

The Hon. J.A. DARLEY (15:01): My questions are to the Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment, representing the Minister for Primary Industries and Regional Development:

1. Can the minister advise the current progress on the construction of the Northern Adelaide Irrigation Scheme?

2. What is the estimated completion date of this project, and is the project on schedule and on budget?

3. Has a final cost for irrigation water been determined and, if so, what is it?

The Hon. D.W. RIDGWAY (Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment) (15:02): I thank the member for his ongoing interest in this particular issue; it is one that I have been interested in for quite some time. In fact, when I sat probably where the Hon. Mr Hanson sits, and the Hon. Caroline Schaefer was sitting where the Hon. Emily Bourke sits, we were talking then, 16 years ago, about the Northern Adelaide Irrigation Scheme, and we had 16 years of talk. All we ever had was talk.

I think it is fabulous that, finally, we have some activity happening out there. It was towards the end of the 16-year period of just plain talk—all the jobs and all the investment that would come from it—after 15¾ years of talk we finally got a little bit of action when the federal government put some money on the table. I think that the Hon. Mr Hunter may have been the minister involved in the announcement.

At least now we have a project, and let's hope that the talk stops and the action continues to take place and that we will deliver the Northern Adelaide Irrigation Scheme. All the details the honourable member has asked for I will be delighted to take on notice and refer them to the Minister for Primary Industries and Regional Development to get those details. It is an important project, and if the talk is delivered it will be a wonderful economic benefit to South Australia.


Answer to Question

6 December 2018

The Hon. D.W. RIDGWAY (Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment): The Minister for Primary Industries and Regional Development has advised:

1. 20 kilometres of the 30-kilometre trunk main has been installed. Earthworks at the Bolivar Waste Water Treatment Plant has been completed. Concrete works for piles and footings is well underway. Earthworks at the Earth Bank Storage site at Korunye, approximately five kilometres north-west of Two Wells is underway.

2. The project is on schedule and on budget, with first water available for customers scheduled for November 2019. Other works will continue after this date, for example, on mains completion, and these are expected to be completed in 2020.

3. The cost for irrigation water is broken into three components:

(a) A one-off capital contribution that enables connection to the scheme based on annual contracted water volumes. The cost is a once only $2.90 per kilolitre.

(b) An annual availability charge based on annual contracted water volumes at a cost of $0.24 per kilolitre annually.

(c) A consumption charge based on actual water volumes consumed at a cost of $0.25 per kilolitre.

I am advised that annual price indexation is linked to the Australian Producer Price Index for the duration of the water contracts of 45 years, that is, three contract terms of 15 years each.

I am further advised that should the construction cost and/or operating cost be below current assumed budgets, then all customers of the scheme will realise a cost saving from the initial prices. It is too early in construction and operation to determine if savings will be achieved.