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Rural Land Strategy signed and State Funding for Tuross Dam

Andrew Constance MP today announced:

✅ Signing of the Eurobodalla Rural Lands Strategy

✅ A NSW Government commitment of $25.6 million for the construction of the Southern Water Storage at Bodalla.

The Member for Bega said "Both of these are game changers for our region."

VIDEO: source Andrew Constance MP The Member for Bega is with Eurobodalla Shire Council Mayor, Liz Innes

Member for Bega Andrew Constance has today announced that the NSW Liberals & Nationals Government is investing more than $26.3 million into the Eurobodalla to improve water quality and security as part of its $1 billion Safe and Secure Program.

Mr Constance said the NSW Government is investing $25.6 million for the design and construction of the Eurobodalla Southern Water Storage, which will add 3,000 Megalitres of water storage to the Eurobodalla region,” Mr Constance said.  

The Eurobodalla Southern Storage project will provide long term water security for the region once built, which is vital to areas such as ours during long periods of dry weather.

“We are also investing $762,000 to eliminate the risk of sewage pollution to Wallaga Lake through the design and construction of a pressure sewerage system at Akolele to transfer sewage to the Bermagui sewerage treatment plant.”

“The Program prioritises key water infrastructure projects – from local drought backup systems through to new or upgraded dams to secure water supplies for our regional communities.

“The NSW Government will continue to work with local councils like Eurobodalla Shire Council to provide water infrastructure that improves the lives of locals.”

Minister for Water, Property and Housing Melinda Pavey said NSW communities depend on access to clean water, and wastewater infrastructure that meets environmental and health standards.

“This drought is outside the history books, while we continue to invest in emergency water infrastructure we must ensure we are maintaining our regional water infrastructure and investing in the future of our communities,” Mrs Pavey said. 

“The Program prioritises key water infrastructure projects – from local drought backup systems through to new or upgraded dams to secure water supplies for our regional communities.

“The NSW Government will continue to work with local councils as the utility provider to provide water infrastructure that improves the lives of locals.”

Eurobodalla Mayor Liz Innes said Council welcomed the NSW Government’s contribution to the project.

“This funding is just so critical to the future water security and economic growth of the Eurobodalla. The new storage also means improved environmental outcomes for the Tuross River and better support for our farmers who also rely on the river.”

We are really grateful for the support of the NSW Government, our local member Andrew Constance MP and Minister Melinda Pavey MP who are backing our community to succeed.” 

The Safe and Secure Water Program is a $1 billion regional infrastructure co-funding program established in 2017 under the NSW Government’s Restart NSW Fund. About the proposed works

The proposed works will be located about 30km south of Moruya, on an unnamed third order ephemeral stream about 950m east of the Tuross River, within the Tuross River catchment. The majority of the works would be located in the Bodalla State Forest. Road access would be via the Princes Highway to Bodalla and then Eurobodalla Road. The works consist of an off-stream water storage facility and associated ancillary facilities. Raw water would be extracted from the Tuross River from a new river intake pump station and an existing borefield for transfer to the new water storage facility.

Water would be pumped from the Tuross River to the proposed water storage facility in accordance with the Water Sharing Plan for the Tuross River Unregulated and Alluvial Water Sources 2016 (Tuross River WSP). The Tuross River WSP sets a maximum amount of water that can be taken from the Tuross River depending on current flow conditions. Water would be stored in the proposed water storage facility to supplement the existing water supply network during periods of drought.

The proposed water storage facility would supplement peak summer demands and provide sufficient water storage to allow the system to provide a secure yield in accordance with State Government guidelines, and comply with the requirements of the Tuross River WSP. This storage facility would ensure ongoing water supply security for the Eurobodalla Shire. As water would be selectively withdrawn from the Tuross River depending on flow conditions, environmental stress on the Tuross River system would be minimised.

Key features of the off-stream storage facility include:

capacity to hold up to 3,000ML of watera 370m long embankment, 39m in height and a crest width of 20m, located on an unnamed tributary of the Tuross Rivera spillway to allow the storage facility to safely pass excess water from heavy rainfall events into the Tuross River permanent erosion control structures located downstream of the spillway construction of an inlet to convey and dissipate raw water transferred from the river intake pump station through a pipeline construction of an outlet to allow transfer of water from the storage to the existing water treatment plant (WTP)instrumentation to monitor seepage, reservoir levels and water quality a thermal stratification control system a boat ramp at the water storage facility for maintenance and access for water quality monitoring safety and perimeter fencing at the water storage facility.

Key features of the ancillary facilities include:

a new river intake pump station with a total river extraction capacity made up of a combination of flows from the river intake (up to 26ML) and the borefield (up to 6ML)installation of the following water transfer infrastructure:a pipeline with a capacity of 26ML per day to transfer raw water from the new river intake pump station to the storage inlet chute a cross-connection to the proposed water storage inlet pipeline with a capacity of 6ML per day providing connection to supply water from the storage to the balance tank at the existing WTPa pipeline connection from the existing borefield pipeline to the river intake pump station a new storage access road that is about 1km in length and extends from Eurobodalla Road opposite the existing WTP to the new embankment a new access road that is 70m in length and would provide a route for vehicles to access the new river intake pump station.power supply including the construction of new sub-stations located near the storage and the river intake pump station.

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