$750,000 for sewer system

THE NSW Government has pledged a funding boost of more than $750,000 for the Evans Head to Woodburn sewerage system.

The major pipeline upgrade will aim to improve the reliability and environmental impact of the current sewerage system, which is at risk of leaking.

Country Labor MLC for Clarence, Greg Donnelly, said the new pipeline would meet the demands of a growing population.

“The pipeline will cater for population growth over the long-term,ensuring the community has a reliable sewerage service in the future,” he said.

Mark Hesse, the Richmond Valley Council planning engineer for the project, said the funding would be of great assistance to the community as the population was set to increase.

“We applied for this funding and it came through, so that’s fantastic. It’s definitely a worthwhile allocation of funds, and we would like to see some more. It needs to be upgraded toprepare for future growth,” he said.

Mr Hesse said the $750,000 wasonly 13.8 per cent of the total eligible scheme costs.

Mr Donnelly said the upgrade was also important for protecting the region’s sensitive wetlands.

“This pipeline will replace an existing sewer main and will play a major role in protecting the region’s sensitive coastal wetland environment by reducing the risks of leaks,” he said.

The funding is part of the NSW Government’s $1.1 billion Country Towns Water Supply and Sewerage Program.

“The program has so far provided assistance to more than 380 projects, delivering improved services to more than one million people in rural and regional NSW,” Mr Donnelly said.

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