Member for Barwon Kevin Humphries is pleased to announce $525,000 in additional funding for Coonabarabran’s water supply emergency works.

The NSW Government noted Warrumbungle Shire Council’s concerns due to drought impacts and water shortages affecting the Coonabarabran community.

“Under the Department of Infrastructure Water Coonabarabran was eligible for emergency financial assistance,” Mr Humphries said.

“The NSW Government has already contributed $450,000 to undertake pre-construction work associated with establishing emergency bores.”

“We will now provide an additional $525,000 to expand the number of test bores and fit out of at least two of these bores for production.”

Warrumbungle Shire Council Mayor, Councillor Peter Shinton said, “On behalf of Council I welcome the support provided by the NSW Government.

“With the water level at Timor Dam lower than it has ever been the town water supply in Coonabarabran is under significant pressure.

“These two bores are just the start of a long term plan to address water supply issues in the town. This is a long term problem and this will not be the last time we need to reach out the NSW Government for their support,” said Mayor Shinton.

The NSW Government will continue to work closely with Warrumbungle Shire Council to monitor the requirement for further assistance if drought conditions prevail and additional bores are required.

Mr Humphries is pleased that the NSW Government has responded quickly to this situation.

“Right around Barwon we have enabled critical back up water supplies to both large and smaller rural communities through either improved and/or new bores, dams and pipelines,” Mr Humphries concluded.