Project to focus on Cape Hardy site

Consistent with the outcomes of the multi-criteria analysis and aligned with what we heard from many community members, further studies for Northern Water will focus on Cape Hardy as the preferred site.

The Northern Water team continues to engage with stakeholders and the wider community as the project is further defined to help identify potential issues, concerns, impacts, opportunities, and management measures to reduce risk and enhance local community benefits.

Northern Water will provide several local community engagement opportunities in November and December 2023 and throughout 2024 and 2025. To find out more, subscribe for updates, visit the website, or contact the project team.

Earlier in 2023, the Northern Water team undertook broad engagement with stakeholders and the community on the results of a site selection multi-criteria analysis which found Cape Hardy to be the best performing site across a range of criteria.

A final decision whether to progress with the project is anticipated for late 2025.This will be based on the outcomes of the assessment process, land access discussions including with Traditional Owners and the financial viability of the project.

The earliest that water may be available for use is in 2028.

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