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Residents and land holders from Stuart Town in New South Wales will now have access to a new non-potable water supply thanks to new infrastructure, including a new bore and submersible pump.

Mayor of the Dubbo Region, Ben Shields, and Federal Member for Calare, Andrew Gee, officially flicked the switch to the new water supply in early December.

The installation of the new water infrastructure was supported by funding supplied by the Federal Government as part of its Drought Communities Program Drought Relief along with project management from the Dubbo Regional Council.

Mr Shields said the funding has allowed for the installation of key infrastructure for the Stuart Town community.

“The community of Stuart Town has been requesting a water supply for a long time, it’s wonderful to have received this funding to make the possibility a reality,” Mr Shields said.

The Federal Government provided $560,000 for works that included a completed bore equipped with a submersible pump, automatic backwash filter, electronic controls and shed.

A pipeline between the bore and storage tanks was installed to the south of Stuart Town. A water filling station, complete with bitumen-sealed hardstand and access driveways, accessible to the fire brigade and general public with Avdata keys.

Connections will also be made in the near future by Dubbo Regional Council staff to the local primary school and Moxon Park, supplying both facilities with a reliable water supply.

Mr Gee said it has been wonderful to make a difference for those suffering due to the drought.

“This drought has been devastating for so many of our country communities,” Mr Gee said.

“The Drought Communities Program is designed to stimulate local economic activity and I know this project has given much-needed work to local companies and tradies.

“This project has delivered tangible assistance to the people in Stuart Town. Providing access to water in a more convenient location, in closer proximity can only be a win for the people who live locally and on the land.

“While not drinkable, the new water supply can be used for other purposes such as toilets, showering and cleaning, saving valuable water for (human) consumption.”

Dubbo Regional Council was successful in obtaining funding during the first round of the Drought Communities Program for Drought Relief which saw three key projects for the region.

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