Nambucca Water Security Project

Nambucca, NSW

Total funding: Total project cost is $54 million, with funding of $10 million from the Australian Government under the National Water Security Plan for Cities and Towns and the remaining funding provided by Nambucca Shire Council and the NSW government.

About the project

The Nambucca Shire Council will implement this project to secure the water supply for residents in the townships of Macksville, Bowraville, Nambucca Heads, Scotts Head and various satellite communities through the construction of an off river storage dam. New infrastructure will allow for water from the Nambucca River to be transferred to the new storage dam during times of high flow. The stored water will then be used during periods of low flow.

The project involves the construction of a 5.5 billion litre storage dam at Bowraville with supporting infrastructure, including expanding the Bowraville borefield, pumping station, collection tanks and pipelines.

Project benefits

This project will:

  • secure the water supply for the Nambucca Shire and provide for sustainable growth and development, and
  • maintain environmental flows in the Nambucca River during periods of drought.


Stage one of the project, planning and design, commenced on the 6 May 2011 and is due for completion in March 2012. Stage two, the construction phase is scheduled to be completed in 2014.