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$3 MILLION BOOST FOR QUEANBEYAN SEWAGE TREATMENT PLANT PLANNING
Planning for a new sewage treatment plant to replace Queanbeyan’s ageing facility is underway after the NSW Government awarded $3 million towards development of a detailed business case.
Member for Monaro John Barilaro met with Queanbeyan-Palerang Regional Council today to announce the funding and discuss the major infrastructure project.
“Queanbeyan and the surrounding areas are growing continuously and reliable wastewater infrastructure is vital in sustaining that growth,” Mr Barilaro said.
“The development of the detailed business case, associated investigations and design work for the Queanbeyan Sewage Treatment Plant is an important step to ensuring this region remains a prosperous and attractive place to live, work and invest in.
“The existing sewage plant was built in the mid-1930s and, while it was updated in the 1980s, it’s now approaching the end its effective service life. That means increasing maintenance costs for the council and ratepayers and the risk of eventual failure.
“That’s why we are investing $1 billion in regional communities through the Safe and Secure Water Program, in addition to more than $300 million awarded to water projects under the previous Water Security for Regions Program.”
The proposed plant will need to cater for an increasing population of up to 60,000 in the Queanbeyan-Palerang catchment area and Oaks Estate in the ACT. Investigations will also be conducted into future planning capabilities for sewerage services for the whole region, with an Integrated Water Catchment Strategy to be prepared.
The Mayor of Queanbeyan-Palerang Regional Council Tim Overall welcomed the funding announcement.
“The upgraded plant will improve our ability to control discharge water quality into the Molonglo River whilst delivering a high level of sustainable outcomes,” Mayor Overall said
“The project team is aiming to deliver a robust, reliable and sustainable sewage treatment plant that protects public health and the environment for future generations.”
Mr Barilaro said improving water infrastructure in regional NSW remained a key priority for the NSW Government.
Queanbeyan-Palerang Regional Council was awarded $3 million in Restart NSW funding towards the $13.8 million cost of developing the business case as part of the $1 billion Safe and Secure Water Program. Work includes community consultation, technical and environmental investigation, detailed planning and design, sustainability considerations and planning submission.