Lostock Dam to Glennies Creek Dam Pipeline with Paterson River Connection


In Planning

Project overview

Picture of Paterson River with railbridge.

This project was identified as a key action for improving resilience of the water supply system in the Lower Hunter Water Security Plan. It creates the opportunity to optimise existing infrastructure and take advantage of variations in rainfall distribution and dam storage capacities.

If built, the project would benefit the Hunter region by:

  • increasing water availability
  • making better use of existing water infrastructure
  • improving water reliability and supply to existing and future agriculture, industries and towns across the entire region
  • providing long-term regional water security in response to climate change
  • increasing the region’s drought resilience.

Shown in the map below are the areas we’re investigating as possible locations for the Paterson River connection, water treatment plant, and pipeline connecting to the Maitland region.

Over the coming months, investigations in these areas will help us better understand the technical, environmental, cultural heritage and economic aspects of the proposed project. We’ll use this information to help assess the feasibility of different sites and routes and to narrow down potential locations for the Paterson River pump station 'connection', the water treatment plant, and pipeline.

We are currently talking to property owners in the investigation areas, and more information will soon be available to the community.

More information is available from the NSW Government. Visit:

NSW Government Lostock Dam to Glennies Creek Dam Pipeline

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Paterson community information 'drop-in" sessions

Photo of corkboard with a saign saying Have Your Say

You're invited to community information sessions being held on
1 November 2023 in Paterson.

You'll be able to ask questions and provide feedback as we discuss the project, including:

  • future water security benefits
  • what you see as the social/community impacts – positive and negative – of the two proposed locations for the pump station in Paterson.

We welcome your input on how you use the river and what you value about the river in Paterson.

There is a day and evening session.

When: Wednesday 1 November 2023
'Drop in' any time between 11am and 1pm
'Drop in' any time between 5pm and 7pm
: Glendarra 2 Conference Room, 816 Tocal Road, Tocal
(Directly opposite the main entrance to Tocal Agricultural College.)

Direction map showing access to Glendarra 2 Conference Room

Key dates

May 31
31 May 2024

Business case finalised

Once the business case is finalised in 2024, the NSW Government will decide whether to progress the project. If the project moves to the next stage, there will be a full concept design and environmental impact assessment. Community engagement will occur throughout this process.

Investigation areas

Aerial map of Paterson and river south of Paterson

Project news

24 April 23

Tocal Field Days

Visit the project team at Stand #394

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