CLARRIE HALL DAM UPGRADE TO COMMENCE

Residents of Tweed Shire are to benefit from the NSW Government’s decision to provide funding for safety upgrade works on Clarrie Hall Dam.

Today's announcement by NSW Minister for Primary Industries, Katrina Hodgkinson, that the NSW Government would provide $1,273,491 to Tweed Shire Council towards the construction of the safety upgrade was welcomed by Thomas George MP, Member for Lismore.

“I am pleased the NSW Government is able to support Council in this important undertaking, which will bring the Clarrie Hall Dam wall up to current safety standards,” said Ms Hodgkinson.

“The planned upgrade will enable the spillway to safely pass the probable maximum flood and to increase dam safety to an acceptable level.”

The Clarrie Hall Dam was originally constructed in 1983 and supplements the drinking water supplies of the Tweed Valley Shire.

"Today’s announcement means that Council is now able to proceed with letting of tenders for the construction works of the dam spillway upgrade", Mr George said.

Ms Hodgkinson said the total cost of the dam upgrade is estimated to be $6.4 million with expected completion in 2014.

“The NSW Government is committed to helping local councils and water authorities to deliver reliable, affordable and sustainable water supplies and sewerage systems to NSW communities through the Country Towns Water Supply and Sewerage Program,” Ms Hodgkinson said.

More information on the Country Towns Water Supply and Sewerage Program is available on the NSW Office of Water website - www.water.nsw.gov.au

Lismore Contact Details:

Office: 55 Carrington Street  LISMORE
Postal: PO Box 52  LISMORE  NSW  2480
Telephone: 02 6621 3624
Facsimile: 02 6622 1403
Email: lismore@parliament.nsw.gov.au

Murwillumbah Contact Details:

Telephone: 02 6672 7577