Steph Cooke and a farmer stand in the middle of a mob of sheep in yards. The sheep are freshly shorn and are raising dust.
Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke during a farm visit. This image is a file photo and dates from prior to current social distancing measures.

The NSW Government will provide new drought emergency funding of $94,500 to support water supply projects in communities in the Central Tablelands.

This latest round of funding brings the total provided by the Government to Central Tablelands Water (CTW) to $1.19 million and will benefit communities across the Bathurst and Cootamundra regions.

Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke said CTW manages water supply for almost 10,000 people across a number of council areas and these projects will safeguard this supply should the drought continue.

“While the drought has eased for some parts of NSW, water supplies for Cowra, Bathurst, Orange and their surrounding communities continue to be stretched,” Ms Cooke said.

“This funding will support many communities serviced by CTW such as Blayney, Carcoar, Canowindra, Manildra and Grenfell.”

Member for Bathurst Paul Toole said the funding will deliver a pump and pontoon to access ‘dead water’ at Lake Rowlands.

“CTW has worked closely with Orange City and Cowra Shire Councils to develop solutions that will allow for bi-directional pumping of water through existing pipelines that connect Cowra, Central Tablelands and Orange,” Mr Toole said.

“Orange City Council has been granted up to $5.5 million for the pipeline work, which will enhance CTW’s water network for the benefit of all their customers. 

“Lake Rowlands is currently down to only 35 percent of its capacity but some of the supply currently can’t be accessed.

“The pontoon and pump will allow CTW to progress with their plans to access that dead storage water and pump it to the existing outlet supplying the villages of Woodstock and Gooloogong.”

Minister for Water, Property and Housing Melinda Pavey said the NSW Government is committed to supporting water security for regional communities across the State.

“Water security for towns in regional NSW is a priority for the Government and through the drought emergency relief fund we will continue to work with local councils and water utilities to ensure they have the infrastructure and support needed,” Mrs Pavey said.