Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke visited Ardlethan today to announce who will build the town’s new sewage treatment plant.

Ms Cooke said three NSW companies – Ted Wilson and Sons, D&L McCallum, and Q-Max Pumping Systems – had successfully tendered to construct the new and modern plant.

“Everyone in the region deserves access to reliable and high-quality water treatment services and with the tenders now awarded, I am delighted that essential works can get under way,” Ms Cooke said.

“We know that reliable water services are crucial to the future viability of our regional communities and that’s why we are continuing to invest in priority local infrastructure.

“This project is the first step in ensuring a significant improvement in the water infrastructure provided to the area, providing a reliable sewerage system for the township as well as providing public health and socioeconomic benefits to the community.”

The NSW Government awarded Coolamon Shire Council more than $3.2 million to build the new reticulate sewerage treatment plant in 2017 under the Water for Regions Program.

Ms Cooke said the new plant is a major upgrade to local water infrastructure.

“This is a huge boost for the community, which will provide improvements to both public health and the environment in the area,” Ms Cooke said.

“The three companies will each play a unique role in the project, with Ted Wilson and Sons developing a Gravity Reticulation Network, D&L McCallum building the treatment plant and Q-Max Pumping Systems developing the Pump Station.”

The $1 billion Safe and Secure Water Program was established in 2017 as part of Restart NSW to fund eligible water and sewerage projects that will deliver public health, environmental and/or social benefits to regional communities, which in turn support economic growth and productivity in NSW.

More information on the Safe and Secure Program can be found at: www.industry.nsw.gov.au/water/water-utilities/infrastructure-programs.