First 10km of NAIS under way

The first 10 kilometres of the Northern Adelaide Irrigation Scheme’s (NAIS) 29 kilometre transfer pipeline will be installed underground this month, supporting 150 manufacturing and constructions jobs in Adelaide’s northern and southern suburbs.

Once complete, the NAIS will provide for an additional 12GL of water to help develop up to 300ha of new export focussed horticulture production, adding $578 million to the state’s economy each year and creating 3700 jobs.

Premier Steven Marshall said the $155.6 million project was on track to deliver first water to customers in late 2019.

“This project will help achieve that goal by creating 300 hectares of high-tech horticulture production that will feed key export markets interstate and overseas,” he said.

“This project also complements our GlobeLink plan to grow our export economy by connecting South Australian businesses to new, lucrative markets interstate and

“Supporting smart infrastructure projects like the NAIS creates construction jobs, and develops new growth industries that will generate more jobs for South Australians, well into the future.”

Federal Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources Anne Ruston said  irrigated agriculture contributes to around one-third of South Australia’s agriculture

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