Woodenbong still waiting for potable water

WHILE the traditional colour for a 100th anniversary is purple, Woodenbong residents were supposed to wear white to centenary celebrations on Saturday.

The planned gesture was to mark the official 'turning on' of a long-awaited water treatment plant for the town without potable water, but it never happened.

Despite the  occasion being featured in centenary event programs, delays in the project meant residents had to put their whites back in the cupboard.

A Woodenbong resident for 25 years, Kim Watson said it was disappointing residents were still waiting to 'drink a cup of water from their taps' and still waiting to 'wash white clothes in town water without staining them'.

Mrs Watson, who said the water was often 'the colour of ginger beer', believes the request of Woodenbong residents for potable water 'wasn't a big ask'.

Kyogle's Cr Lindsay Passfield, who has been fighting for the treatment plant for the past eight years, said it was an ambitious aim for the treatment plant to be in operation for the town's centenary.

Cr Passfield said plans had also slowed down due to local elections and because the NSW Minister for Planning did not have information needed for stage three approval.

"The contractor has until next August to finish the project, so it will be going ahead," he said.

"But it has all been extremely frustrating.

"If we were a Third World country and this was a disaster, we would have potable water within a few days."

Development applications for the water treatment plant were accepted in March for a site in the Tenterfield Council area.

This came after eight years of negotiations involving the Kyogle and Tenterfield councils, the Muli Muli Aboriginal Council and the State Government for approval and funding.

For Mrs Watson, the waiting game for another town celebration continues.

"I'll be by buying white towels and white linen," she said


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