Warrumbungle Shire Council sewerage systems in Coonabarabran, Dunedoo and Coolah will undergo a transformation thanks to a successful $3 million grant application to the NSW Government’s Regional Water and Waste Water Program.
Member for Barwon, Kevin Humphries, delivered the funding announcement in Coonabarabran on Tuesday, 27 September, where he met with Warrumbungle Shire Council staff and councillors.
Approximately $110 million, including $35 million in the Barwon electorate, will be put towards constructing modern water and sewerage infrastructure across the state.
“The funding will help clear a backlog of projects in country towns affected by ongoing water quality and sewerage problems,” Mr Humphries said.
“There are a number of communities across western NSW that have ageing or insufficient infrastructure for their town water supply and sewerage.
“In small or remote communities, it is difficult for councils to fund this amount of expenditure and so the projects have been put on the backburner for years.
“This funding addresses that backlog and provides infrastructure that will support the community into the future.”
In Coonabarabran, $1.375 million will go towards upgrading the Sewage Treatment Plant,
located on Saleyards Road.
Work will include enhanced site safety, compliance with Environment Protection Authority (EPA) standards and recommencement of biosolids reuse.
It is expected to be completed by 2022.
A further $825,000 will assist the Coolah Sewage Treatment Plant upgrade, improving irrigation practices and ensuring compliance with EPA standards, while Dunedoo will benefit from an $800,000 boost to construct a sewage reuse system.
A dollar-for-dollar funded scheme, Warrumbungle Shire Council has already committed $3 million, bringing the project total to $6 million.
“These upgrades will provide essential services to the community,” Mr Humphries said.
Warrumbungle Shire Council director of technical services, Kevin Tighe, Cr Anne-Louise Capel, Cr Ambrose Doolan, Cr Peter Shinton, general manager, Steve Loane, Cr Ray Lewis, Member for Barwon, Kevin Humphries, and Cr Denis Todd, pictured at the Coonabarabran Sewage Treatment Plant, which has received $1.375 million from the NSW Government for upgrades.