$325,000 UPGRADE FOR UKI’S WATER SUPPLY
Tweed Shire Council has been awarded $325,000 to upgrade the Uki Water Treatment Plant (WTP) and secure drinking water quality for the Uki community, under the Government’s $1 billion Safe and Secure Water Program.
Members for Lismore, Thomas George and Nationals candidate for Lismore, Austin Curtin joined staff and Councillors from Tweed Shire Council at the Uki WTP which currently provides a reticulated water supply to approximately 600 people.
Mr George said the Uki WTP was significantly impacted by floods in March 2017 and this project aims to reduce the risk of that occurring again.
“We know the pivotal role water treatment plants play in regional prosperity and long-term growth of communities.
“This project is about making sure that we can meet the growing demand for water now and into the future, as well as ensuring our drinking water is protected from the effects of natural disasters such as flooding.
“The funding will allow for essential upgrades to the existing WTP, giving Uki residents peace of mind every time they turn on the tap,” Mr George said.
Mr Curtin welcomed the funding, saying it is testament to the NSW Government’s commitment to regional NSW.
“This project demonstrates the Government’s commitment to improving water security for regional NSW as well as driving real economic growth, public health and socioeconomic outcomes through vital infrastructure investment,” Mr Curtin said.
Tweed Shire Council Manager, Water and Wastewater Anthony Burnham welcomed the announcement.
“The project is a major boost for local water infrastructure and it’s great to be working in partnership with the NSW Government to deliver the long term infrastructure the village needs,” Mr Burnham said.
The Safe & Secure Water Program allows regional communities to build new and upgraded water infrastructure faster. It ensures regional NSW communities have access to high quality, reliable and affordable water that meets modern environmental and health standards.
Further information on the Safe & Secure Water Program can be found here.
Photo: Anthony Burnham, Tweed Shire Council (TSC); Thomas George MP; Austin Curtin, Candidate for Lismore; Michael Wraight, TSC; Darren Lyndon, TSC; Councillor Pryce Allsop, TSC