A SECURE water supply for Nimmitabel is a big step closer, with the NSW government agreeing to provide funds of $5.3 million.
The funding announcement was made by the Deputy Premier Andrew Stoner in parliament on Tuesday.
Mr Stoner and the Member for Monaro John Barilaro visited the proposed Lake Wallace dam site on the outskirts of Nimmitabel in early January, with members of council and the community.
As part of his role as Minister for Regional Infrastructure and Services, Mr Stoner said he would jump through hoops to get the funding to secure the town's water supply, after the project was put on hold by Cooma Monaro Shire Council due to lack of funds.
The proposed Lake Wallace Dam can't come soon enough as the village of Nimmitabel is once again enduring level 6 water restrictions.
Imposed on January 15, the restrictions mean Nimmitabel residents can only water their gardens with buckets, and then only with re-used domestic water. Hand held hoses are banned.
The Cooma-Monaro Shires director of engineering services Linda Nicholson said once the approvals process was completed the dam would take between 18 months and two years to build.
She said the federal Department of Environment was currently looking at two environmental statements for the project which have gone on public viewing locally also. The state government's Office of Environment and Heritage would then assess the project.
"Hopefully all the approvals will occur by April [this year]," Ms Nicholson said.
Member for Monaro John Barilaro said it was a great day for the community of Nimmitabel.
"The (state) government decision to fund the Lake Wallace dam project shows its commitment to delivering the infrastructure that regional communities need," Mr Barilaro said.
"No longer will the water supply of Nimmitabel be jeopardised during periods of drought."