Dam good news down south
In Nimmitabel, severe water shortages are commonplace, as are the strict water restrictions the community has endured through times of punishing drought. But the community has finally rejoiced in the completion of Lake Wallace Dam, thanks to the commitment of Water Minister Niall Blair and the NSW Nationals’ Parliamentary Team.
The southern towns of Bombala and Nimmitabel will experience newfound water security thanks to the construction of Lake Wallace Dam, which has a capacity of 320 megalitres, a contrast to the 4.5 megalitres locals were sourcing from a weir pond and two water bores. The $5.35 million project is part of the $366 million Restart NSW Water Security for Regions program.
Minister for Water Niall Blair and Parliamentary Secretary for Southern NSW and Regional Communications (and Nimmitabel local) Bronnie Taylor were on hand for the good news. Local MLC Bronnie has been aware of Nimmitabel’s ongoing water security issues:
“This is a great day for the community of Nimmitabel. For too long, this community has experienced severe water shortages and been ignored. No longer will the water supply of Nimmitabel be jeopardised.”
Additionally, the Bombala Water Treatment Plant will receive a $495,000 overhaul so that water in the area is not only more plentiful but also meets quality standards.
“The funding of these important projects demonstrates the NSW Government’s commitment to securing the water supply for regional communities, especially during times of drought,” said Niall.