Steph Cooke MP and members of the Coolamon Shire Council stand in the gateway of the new Ardlethan Sewerage Treatment Plant.

Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke today announced work is complete on the reticulated sewerage scheme for Ardlethan, providing a reliable sewerage system for the township.

“This project was long awaited for by the local community, having relied on a mixture of old septic systems and an outdated sewerage scheme for the last four decades,” Ms Cooke said.

“With an injection of funds from the State Government’s Restart NSW program, the people of Ardlethan now have a modern and safe sewerage system.”

Works took just over 12 months to construct the reticulation infrastructure which is linked to a new sewage transfer system including a pump station and rising main, and a new sewage treatment plant.

Minister for Regional New South Wales, John Barilaro said the NSW Government funding program had been established to help clear a backlog of critical water infrastructure upgrades across regional NSW.

“The Ardlethan Sewerage Scheme, funded under the State Government’s Restart New South Wales program with $3.2 million, is vital infrastructure for this small township,” said Minister Barilaro.

“Now in place, it will improve environmental and health outcomes as well as attract new development and business investment opportunities for the region.

“We know that efficient and reliable water and wastewater infrastructure is vital to the viability of our regional communities which is why we have committed $220 million to improving water security and sewerage services via the Water Security for Regions program.”

Coolamon Shire Council delivered the project and invested a further $578,000.

Coolamon Shire Council Mayor Mr John Seymour said the completion of this important piece of infrastructure is reassuring for the community.

“We are thankful the construction of the Ardlethan Sewerage system is now complete. It has been identified in our Community Strategic Plans for 20 years and is essential for improving the environmental and health outcomes for our community,” Cr Seymour said.

“With Ardlethan located at the junction of the Mirrool and Bygoo creeks, parts of the town are on flood-prone land which carries overflow risks in extreme weather events.

“The new sewerage system mitigates this risk and will improve the amenity, health and environment of the township. This will make Ardlethan a more pleasant place to live, and do business.”