A New Approach to Funding Growth Infrastructure

Enabling good development in the Lower Hunter region is a strategic priority for Hunter Water. We aim to help achieve the Government's vision for the Hunter, to be the leading regional economy in Australia with a vibrant metropolitan city. 

Hunter Water's objectives to enable the vision for the region are to:

  • Provide sustainable services for population growth.
  • Deliver efficient and innovative services and solutions for new development.
  • Work with developers and planning authorities to improve sustainability for new development.
  • Improve the amenity of our urban areas

Part of this work involves reviewing our overall approach to the delivery and funding of water and wastewater infrastructure that supports urban growth in our area of operations. Our community and stakeholders have provided valuable input to this process through two rounds of consultation. In the near future we will publish a summary report on the results of our consultation process.

To improve our service offering to developers, we will publish better information on projected growth in our area of operations and our planned capital expenditures through our annual Growth Plan. We have also enacted changes to the funding arrangements for those assets that connect new developments and provide shared infrastructure in our water and wastewater systems, detailed in our Funding and Delivery of Growth Infrastructure Standard (Standard).

The Standard is linked to the growth maps that Hunter Water will include in the annual Growth Plan.  Based on the anticipated timing of connections as categorised in the growth maps, we may consider entering into a Developer Delivered Infrastructure Contribution Deed to repay the costs of infrastructure under various funding categories. 

The developer must follow our Procurement Guidelines for Developer Delivered Infrastructure when procuring assets to ensure that we repay reasonable and efficient costs of infrastructure delivery.

On 3 January 2018, we will release the full suite of documents and related forms on our website and begin to accept applications from developers to enter into a Developer Delivered Infrastructure Contribution Deed for the funding and delivery of growth infrastructure.

Any questions about the funding of growth infrastructure can be directed to our Developer Relations team by contacting fundingofgrowth@hunterwater.com.au or  (02) 49 79 9564.