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Water Security Moving Closer


Improving the security of town water supplies for Mendooran, Coolah and Binnaway is a step closer with the completion of exploratory drilling of new bores at each of the three towns.

Member for Barwon, Kevin Humphries, said that he was proud that the NSW Government has been able to provide $1.1 million in funding for new bores at these locations and associated infrastructure for each of the town’s potable water supplies.

“These water projects are vital for the local community, providing improved water security and economic growth and employment in the region,” Mr Humphries said.

In addition to the funding received from the NSW Government’s Restart NSW Water Security for Regions program, Warrumbungle Shire Council has committed an additional $2.6 million to upgrade Warrumbungle Water and Sewer facilities as part of 2016/17 capital program.

Exploratory bores drilled at Coolah down to 87 metres and Binnaway to 100 metres, indicated adequate water supplies, whilst further exploratory drilling at Mendooran has indicated accessible water below the alluvial soil layers.

Warrumbungle Water will soon call for tenders for the supply and equipping of the three sites to establish production bores.  It is expected at this stage, with the success of the exploratory drilling, the project will keep within budget.

An additional $512,240 in funding from the NSW Government’s Water Securities for Regions program was also provided for a feasibility study into raising the wall at Timor Dam, which provides the town water supply for Coonabarabran and the Australian Astronomical Observatory at Siding Spring, to increase storage capability. Geotechnical survey works have been completed, and a report to Council will be presented with opportunity for community feedback in early 2017.

Warrumbungle Water has $500,000 allocated in the current capital budget to develop and install a telemetry system across water and sewer treatment plants in the shire.  Telemetry is an important tool in the regular monitoring of town potable water supplies and sewerage treatment plants.  The project will replace the current telemetry system, dating back prior to amalgamation of the Coonabarabran and Coolah shires in 2004.

Around $700,000 has been allocated by Council, through its water fund, to replace water mains pipes and meters, extending mains and removing dead ends. These works will improve the quality and flow of potable water through Warrumbungle towns. An additional $200,000 has also been allocated to upgrade sewer mains and pumps.

Council has also applied for $961,000 in funding through the Australian Government’s National Stronger Regions Fund, to replace the water treatment clarifier at the Baradine water treatment plant. A further $160,000 has been assigned by Council to upgrade the Timor Dam fence.

General Manager of Warrumbungle Shire Council, Steve Loane, noted the funding commitment to improving town water and sewer supplies and the importance of these services.

“Around $5 million has been allocated for capital improvements to Warrumbungle Water and Sewer services over a two- year period. 

“Some of these funds have been sourced through state and federal government programs, whilst the remaining funds are sourced from fees and charges.

“It is legislated that Warrumbungle Water and Sewer services are user pay, ensuring general rates revenue does not subsidise these services,” Mr Loane said.

Warrumbungle Shire Council is a member of the Lower Macquarie Water Utilities Alliance. The Alliance comprises of 12 councils from central-west and western NSW, who work together to adopt best practice management guidelines for the provision of water and sewer services across the region.




Last Updated: 08 Sep 2016