The NSW Deputy Premier might have promised dams will be built in this term of government during his visit to Wagga this morning, but he could not say when.
John Barilaro, the Minister for Regional NSW, said the state government is committed to building dams and has already spent $860 million in water infrastructure.
"We're in a drought and parts of the state have been in a drought for a number of years," Mr Barilaro said.
"In the last few months we've fast tracked $160 million in additional investment for emergency infrastructure from pipelines to the bores and getting water to regional and rural communities.
"We've set aside $1.4 billion from the proceeds of the Snowy Hydro."
Mr Barilaro could not confirm whether Oura, which was identified in a 2018 report by Water NSW, was a potential location for a 1000 gigalitre dam.
"We're looking at everything ... but right now there are some easy wins and that is raising the Wyangala Dam, getting on with the two dams up north, infrastructure and pipelines ... and more bores," he said.
Mr Barilaro blamed red and green tape for delaying the processes needed to build new dams.
"I, with the NSW government, are preparing legislation that we will take to the house and this will test all political parties whether they're going to give the government permission to fast-track red and green tape," he said.
"I bet you this, people will be locking themselves to dams to make sure we don't get the bulldozers in because they won't accept ... let's not hide that green tape is a big issue."
The Daily Advertiser previously spoke with Stuart Khan, Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of NSW, who argued the lack of new dams in regional NSW has more to do with government decisions than environmental regulations and protesters.
However, Mr Barilaro disagreed and claimed that professors and experts have contributed to the problem.
"All the professors and experts in the world will tell us why and blame everyone else, but those same experts are probably part of the problem about not building dams," he said.
While Mr Barilaro has threatened he will give away his title, he scoffed at a question asking about his end game this morning.
"My threat is about fighting for regional and rural NSW and I make no apologies that I will hold my Liberal-part-coalition partners to account to make sure they deliver on behalf of this government for the people of rural and regional NSW," he said.