Minister pledges funding for Bingara treatment plant

February 10, 2008

Residents of Bingara should have a clean town water supply within two years following the NSW Government’s announcement of funding of around $3 million towards the cost of a water treatment plant for the town.

Water Utilities Minister, Nathan Rees made the announcement while touring the New England region as part of the Government’s review of Country Water Utilities. "Water supplies for Bingara are drawn from the Gwydir River and currently there are no water treatment facilities other than chlorine disinfection,” Mr Rees said.

 “Gwydir Shire Council is proposing to construct a new water treatment plant for Bingara which will greatly improve the water quality and make sure the National Health and Medical Research Council’s Australian Drinking Water standards are fully met.

“Following strong representations from local MPs Richard Torbay and Christine Robertson the Government has agreed to provide more than 50 per cent of the funding for the project,” Mr Rees said. The Member for Northern Tablelands, Richard Torbay said the Bingara community has struggled with water quality due to the
extreme viability of the raw water quality drawn from the Gwydir River.

“This can now be countered by the construction of the new filtration plant,” Mr Torbay said. “With the State Government contributing more than half the funding, it’s a big win for the Bingara community and Gwydir Shire Council.”

The funding is part of the NSW Government’s $1 billion Country Towns Water Supply and Sewerage Program, which has provided more than $1 million a week to local water utilities since 1995.

Mr Rees has now urged Gwydir Shire Council to get on with the job of providing Bingara with a healthy, sustainable water supply. “The Iemma Government is committed to ensuring our regional centres, country towns and rural villages have safe, secure and sustainable water and sewerage services,” Mr Rees said. “I initiated the Country Water Utilities Inquiry to work with regional councils to provide NSW country towns with effective arrangements for the long term provision of water supply and sewerage services.”