The New South Wales Government has announced a further $369.6 million investment into its Safe and Secure Water Program (SSWP) in the 2022-23 Budget to further support communities with new water infrastructure and wastewater services. 

The State’s Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional New South Wales, Paul Toole, said the additional investment, which includes $90 million in new money, will help to continue work with local water utilities to fund vital water and sewerage infrastructure projects in the remote and rural regions.

“Every project delivered by this program makes a tangible difference to the everyday lives of residents in regional communities,” Mr Toole said.

“This funding will ensure we can keep investing in upgrading and building new water infrastructure to safeguard access to quality drinking water, improve water security and provide better wastewater services.”

New South Wales Minister for Lands and Water, Kevin Anderson, said the SSWP started in 2017 and has delivered 26 completed projects across towns in regional New South Wales with funding for more than 200 other projects currently in various stages of delivery.

“From the Bundarra Sewerage Scheme, the Bourke Water Treatment Plant, and the Finley Water Treatment Plant, Safe and Secure Water projects have improved water security for communities right across regional New South Wales,” Mr Anderson said.

The Finley Water Treatment Plant is undergoing a $6.6 million upgrade to significantly overhaul the existing 80-year-old plant to deliver modernised infrastructure to better support the town’s water supply needs. 

Mr Toole called the upgrade a priority, and necessary to ensure the community will continue to have access to high-quality drinking water for decades to come. 

Berrigan Shire Council Mayor, Matthew Hannan, said the project includes upgrades to the automation and control systems which will allow the plant to be monitored and controlled remotely, reducing operating costs and making the system more efficient.

“We’re pleased this joint investment with the New South Wales Government will put new infrastructure in place to enable us to continue to deliver clean drinking water to Finley’s more than 2,500 residents,” Mr Hannan said.

Construction is expected to be completed by mid 2023.

The project is being delivered thanks to $4 million from the New South Wales Government’s SSWP and $2.67 million from Berrigan Shire Council.

Mr Anderson called investing in water and wastewater infrastructure necessary to support population growth and business development as it unlocks economic opportunities across rural and regional New South Wales. 

The SSWP is a $1 billion regional infrastructure co-funding program established in 2017.

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