The NSW Liberal and Nationals Government’s landmark $47 million Wilcannia Weir Replacement Project is taking another step in the right direction, with tenders soon to be advertised for new stormwater mitigation works that will shore up future town water quality.
Minister for Lands and Water Kevin Anderson said the works will deliver a low- maintenance and reliable solution to effluent overflows.
“The NSW Nationals are committed to supporting regional communities like Wilcannia when it comes to water security,” Mr Anderson said.
“We’re installing two new high-powered diesel pumps and significant pipework at Wilcannia’s Hood and Martin Street sewage pump stations. They will automatically kick into action if the underground effluent reaches a high level, preventing untreated waste from spilling out.
“While heavy rain and flooding has held up geotechnical work on the new weir, we’re charging ahead with other parts of this exciting project like the stormwater mitigation works that will give residents greater peace of mind knowing local water quality is being safeguarded from contamination.”
Central Darling Shire Council General Manager Greg Hill said the works will be a major win for the community.
“This upgrade will provide important protection for the new weir pool and the surrounding environment by ensuring sewage doesn’t get into the stormwater drains and end up in the river,” Mr Hill said.
The tender advertisement is being targeted at organisations that have a significant Aboriginal workforce and will aim to have roles filled by Wilcannia TAFE graduates who were trained as part of the wider weir project.
The Wilcannia Weir Replacement Project is being funded thanks to $32 million from NSW Liberal and Nationals Government and $15 million from the Australian Government while money for the new water treatment plants comes from the NSW Safe and Secure Water Program.