FUNDING FOR SAFE AND SECURE WATER IN THE TWEED
Member for Lismore, Thomas George today announced Tweed Shire Council had secured $100,000 from the NSW Government’s $1 billion Safe and Secure Water Program. This funding will go towards a study to prevent salt water contamination of Tweed’s water supply.
Mr George said this study will prevent events like last year’s salt water contamination of the Bray Park Weir. Following a King tide, Tweed Shire Council had to impose immediate water restrictions as a precautionary measure and North Coast Public Health unit were brought in to oversee the situation.
“Everyone in NSW deserves access to reliable and high-quality water and that’s why I am delighted to announce this new funding for a study that will ensure clean, fresh and pure water for the communities of the district.
“This funding from the Government’s $1 billion Safe & Secure Water Program shows we are getting on with the job of ensuring good quality water in and around the Tweed.” Mr George said.
General Manager Tweed Shire Council, Troy Green, said he welcomed the NSW Government’s contribution to the project.
“Council will utilise funds to ensure that a variety of solutions are considered and scoped to address salt water ingress into the weir.
This funding is important to ensure a secure potable water supply and continuity of services for business.” Mr Green said
Minister for Regional Water Niall Blair said NSW communities depend on access to clean, reliable and affordable water, and wastewater infrastructure that meets environmental and health standards.
“With over 1.9 million people living in more than 500 regional NSW communities, it is vital we continue to invest in priority local infrastructure, and this is what our $1 billion Safe & Secure Water Pr
ogram is all about. “The Program prioritises key water infrastructure projects across the state – from local drought backup systems through to new or upgraded dams to secure water supplies for our regional communities.”
“Whether it’s a new water treatment plant or a water quality study our Safe & Secure Water Program is making a real difference to local communities throughout NSW,” he said.
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.
More information: www.industry.nsw.gov.au/water/water-utilities/infrastructure-programs