Tuesday, 12 March 2019

Pic attached: Member for Bega Andrew Constance with Bega Valley Shire Council announcing the water filtration scoping works for Yellow Pinch Dam water supply

Bega Valley Shire Council has secured $75,000 towards a scoping study into a new water treatment plant for the southern portion of Bega Valley Shire under the NSW Liberals and Nationals $1 billion Safe and Secure Water Program.

Member for Bega, Andrew Constance said the NSW Government has identified the Yellow Pinch Dam water treatment plant project as a priority to ensure around 13,000 residents in the surrounding area have access to reliable water.

“The funding will allow for phase one of the project, a scoping studying into options for a new water treatment plant at Yellow Pinch Dam to get underway.

“This first step sets us on the path towards a better water supply, the NSW Liberals and Nationals are supporting Council’s every step of the way to deliver clean and reliable water supplies to our communities,” Mr Constance said.  

“This project will improve water treatment efficiency as well as provide a safe and dependable supply of high-quality drinking water for the surrounding communities.

“Further to Yellow Pinch Dam water filtration scoping, the NSW Government has provided Bega Valley Shire Council $25 million for the installation of water filtration plants on the Brogo-Bermagui and Bega-Tathra water supplies,” said Mr Constance.

“This record investment by the Liberals and Nationals into the Bega Valley Shire water systems means council can get on with the job of delivering water filtration to the Shire rather than slogging ratepayers with higher water use charges to fund the projects.

“Without the government funding these projects, there would have been an approximate rise of 26% in resident’s water bills to cover the funding required and could have seen these projects take in excess of 10 years to deliver.

“The NSW Liberals and Nationals are the only government which are genuinely committed to continuous improvement of our water supplies. We will always fight to ensure the region’s get their fair share of funding for projects like the yellow pinch water treatment plant,” Mr Constance said.    

The Safe and Secure Water Program co-funds eligible water and sewerage projects that deliver economic growth in regional NSW through improvements to public health, water security, environmental outcomes and/or social benefits.

Over the past years, the NSW Liberals and Nationals have committed $1.2 billion to co-fund over 200 water infrastructure projects across the state.

More information about the program is available online here.