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$110 million boost for regional water and waste water

Minister Lands and Water, Niall Blair has announced 45 projects have been shortlisted as part of the NSW Government’s $110 million Regional Water and Waste Water Backlog Program to ensure regional communities have the right infrastructure to build for the future.

Mr Blair said that the NSW Government is determined to make sure regional NSW has the right water infrastructure for communities to have access to clean and secure drinking water.


“The fact that there are still communities that do not have modern systems to safely manage effluent is just not on, but this will go a long way to addressing the backlog in our country towns,” Mr Blair said.


“For too long quick fixes and band-aid solutions have been the norm when it comes to regional water and waste water – but now we are delivering the right infrastructure to make sure our regional communities can grow and prosper.


“This is just another example of how the NSW Government, through Restart NSW, is providing the funds needed to deliver essential water and waste water infrastructure in regional communities.”


Since 2011, $221 million has been spent on 35 projects under the Country Towns Water Supply and Sewerage Program across NSW.


The Regional Water and Waste Water Backlog Program enables local water utilities to construct modern water and sewerage infrastructure and associated works to provide safe, secure and reliable water and sewerage services for their communities.


This is the second stage of the program and follows an expressions of interest process, which ran in 2015. All shortlisted utilities have been asked to submit detailed applications on the projects before a final decision is made later this year.


A full list of the projects is available at


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