Drought Response Desalination

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We are seeking planning approval for a drought response desalination plant at Belmont.

Drought response desalination was part of the NSW Government’s 2014 Lower Hunter Water Plan as a last resort for drought security. While the likelihood of having to construct the desalination plant is low, we need to seek planning approval now so we are ready to build, should we need to in the future.

An environmental impact statement (EIS) has been developed the proposed desalination plant, which outlines key features of the project and assesses its potential environmental, social and economic impact. The EIS will be on public

We are seeking planning approval for a drought response desalination plant at Belmont.

Drought response desalination was part of the NSW Government’s 2014 Lower Hunter Water Plan as a last resort for drought security. While the likelihood of having to construct the desalination plant is low, we need to seek planning approval now so we are ready to build, should we need to in the future.

An environmental impact statement (EIS) has been developed the proposed desalination plant, which outlines key features of the project and assesses its potential environmental, social and economic impact. The EIS will be on public exhibition by the Department of Planning, Industry, and Environment (DPIE) from Thursday 21 November 2019.

The EIS display is an opportunity for you to make comment on the environmental impacts and mitigation actions of the proposed plant. Anyone can make a submission to DPIE about the project within the exhibition period.

To view the EIS or make a submission, visit the DPIE Major Projects portal. Submissions close on Thursday 19 December 2019.

Find out more in our EIS overview brochure.


We want to hear your views as we go through the planning stages. For more information, refer to the Frequently Asked Questions, join the Discussion Board or contact us.


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