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$6.5 million for Southern Tablelands water projects.



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Senator Penny Wong Minister for Climate Change and Water Mike Kelly MP Member for Eden-Monaro

PW 237/08 20 November 2008

$6.5 MILLION FOR SOUTHERN TABLELANDS WATER PROJECTS

The Rudd Government is investing more than $6.5 million for a range of water saving and water treatment projects in the southern tablelands of New South Wales as part of its $12.9 billion Water for the Future plan.

Minister for Climate Change and Water, Senator Penny Wong, joined Member for Eden-Monaro, Dr Mike Kelly, in Bungendore today to announce the funding.

“These projects will have a significant impact on water supplies and water quality in the towns of Berridale, Braidwood, Bungendore, Tumut and Nimmitabel,” Senator Wong said.

“These projects will support our Water for the Future plan, which aims to secure our water supplies, use water wisely, tackle climate change and support healthy rivers.

“The funding being committed today will help these towns make their existing water infrastructure more efficient or find new sources of water supply.”

Dr Kelly said the projects included $3.3 million for Braidwood Sewage Treatment, which honours a Government election commitment to urgently fix Braidwood’s sewerage system.

“This funding is being matched by NSW which provides a great example of different levels of government working together to support rural and regional Australia,” Dr Kelly said.

“Residents of Braidwood will also benefit from $700,000 in funding for the Braidwood Water Supply project which will bring the town’s water supply in line with the Australian Drinking Water Guidelines and reduce the incidence of algal blooms.”

Another project will help the growing population in Bungendore which has stretched the current water supply to its limit.

“The Government has committed $1 million to support the construction of a water supply system that will increase annual capacity from 322 megalitres to 500 megalitres,” Dr Kelly said.

“Meanwhile, the $500,000 Tumut Golf Course effluent re-use scheme will have a direct environmental benefit for the Tumut River, saving more than 75 megalitres of fresh water that would be have been used to irrigate the golf course.”

Additional information on the projects, funded from the Water Smart Australia program under Water for the Future, is attached.

WATER SMART AUSTRALIA FUNDING FOR PROJECTS IN THE NSW SOUTHERN TABLELANDS

Project title Description Funding

Braidwood Sewage Treatment Plant Construction of a new sewage treatment plant to meet Environmental Protection

Authority licensing requirements. Including storage ponds, pump stations and effluent management facilities. This funding will be matched by the NSW Government.

$3.3 million

Braidwood Water Supply Augmentation Construction of a new water treatment plant to address current water quality and

supply issues.

$700,000

Berridale Sewage Treatment Plant Augmentation Project Funding to expand the Berridale Sewage Treatment Plant. The treated effluent will

replace the use of potable water to irrigate the Coolamatong Golf Course.

$1 million

Bungendore Water Supply Augmentation Construction of a supplementary water supply system to meet the projected

demand for water in this growing community.

$1 million

Tumut Golf Course Effluent Re-use Scheme Construction of an effluent re-use scheme to replace the use of potable water to

irrigate the Tumut Golf Course.

$500,000

Nimmitabel Water Storage Project A feasibility study on the construction of a large earthwall dam as a solution to the

chronic water shortages in this community.

$50,000

Total $6,550,000