NSW Nationals Member for Northern Tablelands Adam Marshall has announced $114,000 to help Inverell Shire Council establish additional bores as an emergency back up water supply for Bonshaw.
“In December last year, I wrote to Water Minister Melinda Pavey seeking emergency funding, after council raised concerns Bonshaw was getting close to running out of water due to low flows in the Dumaresq River,” Mr Marshall said.
“The funding will ensure the 140 residents of Bonshaw don’t find themselves without water.
“Despite the incredible amount of rain in the lower half of the electorate, many communities along the Queensland border have unfortunately missed out on the bulk of falls. Bonshaw gets its water from a bore which is linked to the Dumaresq River, however low flows from the lack of rain has prompted the council to explore alternative supply options.”
While the majority of residents in the Inverell Shire have not had to worry about any kind of water restrictions for some time, Bonshaw locals have had to live with only using 10 litres per day since December.
“This funding will assist council to get to work test drilling potential bore sites and connecting the successful bore to the village water supply,” Mr Marshall said.
“I want to thank Minister Pavey for her swift response and assistance to give the people of Bonshaw the assurance if dry conditions continue the water will still flow from the tap.
“Council has been working closely with DPIE Water to investigate potential bore sites around Bonshaw.”