A new $9 million water infrastructure project will reinforce water security in the Bland Shire to support industry, agriculture and water supply.
Federal Nationals Member for Riverina Michael McCormack said the funding would deliver a new water tower, eight-kilometre water supply trunk main, seven-kilometre distribution water main, and new transfer pump station.
“Water infrastructure is vitally important for every community and this $9 million project, which the Commonwealth has contributed $4.5 million, will ensure West Wyalong’s water supply for many years,” Mr McCormack said.
“This is precisely the type of infrastructure for which the National Water Grid was established in 2019 when I was the Deputy Prime Minister – to deliver water security for communities large and small.
“Construction is expected to be complete by May 2023 and I look forward to seeing the benefits for the local community, including improving the water pressure at the West Wyalong Hospital.”
State Nationals Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke said the West Wyalong Water Reliability project will upgrade the existing distribution network to support future expansion in West Wyalong and the Bland Shire.
“The current water network has reached capacity, so these upgrades are crucial to support economic growth and development in the region,” Ms Cooke said.
“The Lake Cowal Gold Mine has plans to expand and employ an additional 176 workers and this project will ensure the region has the infrastructure needed to support this growth.
“It will also boost local farmers and ensure a more secure water supply for West Wyalong.”
Bland Shire General Manager Ray Smith said the upgrade, being delivered by Goldenfields Water, will ensure water security for West Wyalong for several decades to come.
“It will provide further incentive for future development, both residential and commercial and will help to increase water pressure for parts of West Wyalong,” Mr Smith said.
“It is a great partnership between State, Federal and Local Governments.”
For more information, visit www.nationalwatergrid.gov.au