Steph Cooke stands with a group of men from the Weddin Shire Council and project contractor Haslin. Steph and the Mayor hold shovels. Everyone is wearing hi-vis vests.

The first sod has been turned at the multi-million dollar upgrade of the Grenfell Sewerage Treatment Plant.

Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke broke ground on the $12.3 million project, which has been funded through the NSW Government’s Restart NSW, Water Security for Regions, Water Backlog program and the Safe and Secure Water Program.

Ms Cooke said the project would modernise Grenfell’s sewerage treatment infrastructure with new and efficient technology to recycle waste water, and replace the current plant, which has served the community for more than 80 years.

“Waste management is such a critical part of managing the precious resource that is water, and ensuring not a single drop is wasted,” Ms Cooke said.

“Turning the first sod on this fantastic project is a real pleasure and I am so pleased the Weddin Shire Council will be able to provide safe, recycled water for the community.”

Contractors Haslin have been awarded the tender for this project by the Weddin Shire Council.

The Grenfell Sewerage Treatment Plant is the latest sewerage project in the Cootamundra electorate, with upgrades and new plants in Barellan, Gundagai, Ardlethan and Junee also securing funding.

The Safe and Secure Water program was launched in 2017 and is a $1 billion co-funding program for water and sewerage programs in regional NSW.