Richmond Valley Council will receive $80,000 to prepare a scoping study to determine a preferred option for securing an emergency raw water supply for Casino, Clarence Nationals MP Chris Gulaptis has announced.
Mr Gulaptis said communities depended on access to clean water, and wastewater infrastructure which met environmental and health standards.
“This drought is outside the history books, while we continue to invest in emergency water infrastructure we need to ensure the water being consumed is also safe,” Mr Gulaptis said.
“The NSW Nationals in Government will continue to work with local councils like Richmond Valley Council to provide water infrastructure that improves the lives of locals.”
Richmond Valley Council’s recent water security study indicated the water supply for Casino from Jabour Weir on the Richmond River may not be sufficient over the long term.
“Everyone in NSW deserves access to reliable and high-quality water, and that’s why I am delighted to announce this new funding from the Government’s $1 billion Safe & Secure Water Program,” Mr Gulaptis said.
“The program prioritises key water infrastructure projects – 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“Whether it’s a new water treatment plant or replacing outdated wastewater treatment plants, our Safe & Secure Water Program makes a real difference to local communities throughout NSW.”
Richmond Valley Mayor Robert Mustow said he welcomed the NSW Government’s contribution to the project.
“The current drought has made it clear that during future dry periods, Casino may not able to rely exclusively on the Richmond River for water,” Cr Mustow said.
“The town has been on level three water restrictions since September and with forecasts of consistent population growth, now is the time for Council to assess any alternatives which may be able to augment Casino’s water supply in the future.
“The scoping study funded by the NSW Government will give Council a kickstart on this vital project for Casino’s long-term water security.”
The Safe and Secure Water Program is a $1 billion regional infrastructure co-funding program established in 2017 under the NSW Nationals in Government’s Restart NSW Fund.
More information about the safe about the Safe and Secure Water Program is available here.