Member for Bega Andrew Constance today announced the NSW Liberals & Nationals Government will allocate more than $25 million towards upgrading water supplies to the Bega Valley region under the $1 billion Safe & Secure Water program.
Under the NSW Government’s Safe & Secure Water Program, Bega Valley Shire Council has been awarded more than $10 million in funding for the design and construction of the Brogo-Bermagui Water Treatment Plant.
The NSW Government has also allocated $15.2 million from the Safe & Secure Water Program to Bega Valley Shire Council to undertake a scoping study and design and construct the Bega-Tathra Water Treatment Plant.
Mr Constance said the funding is a huge boom for the local area and testament to the NSW Government’s commitment to regional NSW.
“This investment will eliminate the inconvenience caused by the need to boil water and mitigate the loss of productivity and economic impact this has on local businesses,” Mr Constance said.
“The Liberals & Nationals Government vital infrastructure investment will make brown and orange water coming out of taps a thing of the past and enable Council to keep residential water bills down.”
Both projects will ensure a significant improvement in the water quality provided to the area, as well as providing public health and socioeconomic benefits to the community.
The NSW Government’s Safe and Secure Water Program ensures regional NSW communities have access to high quality, reliable and affordable water that meets modern environmental and health standards.
Premier Gladys Berejiklian said the NSW Government’s focus now is on future-proofing the state.
“We are focusing on real and pressing issues, and taking a forward-thinking approach to ensuring regional communities can and will thrive through smart investment in water infrastructure,” Ms Berejiklian said.
“The NSW Government recognises the pivotal role that water and waste-water services play in regional prosperity and long-term growth of communities.
“Across regional NSW, 1.9 million people depend on safe, secure, affordable and sustainable water and sewerage services. With drought ever-present, we recognised the need to maximise the impact of the program.”
Minister for Primary Industries and Regional Water Niall Blair said red tape has been slashed to ensure all regional communities can build new and upgraded water infrastructure faster.
“No matter where you are from, whether it’s on the Sapphire Coast or Tweed, the NSW Government is standing by your community and is ready to support its future growth,” Mr Blair said.
Further information on the Safe & Secure Water Program can be found here.
Above: Premier Gladys Berejiklian and Member for Bega Andrew Constance making the announcement about Water Filtration in Bega today on the shores of the Bega River - Photo by ABC SOUTH EAST