L-R: Nationals Candidate for Barwon Andrew Schier, Member for Barwon Kevin Humphries, Cobar Shire Council Deputy Mayor Peter Abbott, Cobar Shire Cr Bob Sinclair, Cobar Shire Cr Janine Lea-Barrett and Cobar Shire Council General Manager Peter Vlatko.

Cobar Shire Council has been awarded $6.9 million to upgrade its water supply thanks to the Nationals in Government.

Member for Barwon Kevin Humphries announced the funding under the Safe and Secure Water Program, saying everyone in NSW deserved access to reliable and high-quality water.

“I am delighted to announce funding for the cleaning and replacement of the Cobar water reticulation network, providing water for the Cobar community,” Mr Humphries said. “This funding from the Government’s Safe and Secure Water Program shows we are getting on with the job of delivering critical local water and wastewater infrastructure around Barwon.”

The NSW Nationals have worked for almost a century to get a fair share for people in rural and regional areas, and since 2014 the NSW Government has invested more than $37 million for water projects in the Cobar region including a 700ML off-river storage at Nyngan, a Nyngan to Cobar Water supply pipeline, and replacement of the Cobar Water Treatment Plant.

“The Nationals in Government have contributed more than $15 million in co-funding to Cobar Shire Council for a new water treatment plant which is currently under construction to ensure delivery of clean water,” Mr Humphries said. “At the completion of this new project to replace ageing water pipes, Cobar is going to have reliable, clean, and clear water. This is the end of brown water coming out of household taps.”

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. The Safe and Secure Water Program co-funds eligible water and sewerage projects that deliver economic growth in regional NSW through improvements to public health, water security, environmental outcomes and/or social benefits.