The Eurobodalla Council is celebrating the announcement of $51.2 million funding for the shire’s new southern water storage in the recent federal budget.
The Council now has three quarters of the funding for the $105 million project, after the NSW Government also allocated $25.6 million last year. Council will fund the remainder.
The 3,000 megalitre storage will be built west of Bodalla, pumping water from the Tuross River in times of high flow to an off-stream storage and water treatment plant.
It will complement Council’s Deep Creek Dam and water treatment plant in Batemans Bay, providing drought security and bushfire resilience, and increasing capacity for peak holiday water demand and predicted population growth.
Eurobodalla Mayor Liz Innes was delighted by the news, saying the project will give water security to Eurobodalla residents and businesses for decades to come.
“We are so grateful for this funding,” she said.
“Bega MP Andrew Constance and NSW Water Minister Melinda Pavey have backed this and now the Federal Government has come to the party.
“Council had the forethought to take the bold step of allocating $3.5 million in 2016 to get started on this project and development consent was provided by the NSW Department of Planning back in 2019. Construction of the water pump station is already underway.
“Our water and sewer team has done an incredible job, showing great vision and commitment to get on with the job.”
Eurobodalla Council’s general manager Dr Catherine Dale praised Cr Innes for her persistent advocacy for the cause.
“Our Mayor collared politicians at every opportunity to keep this important project on their agenda,” she said.
Construction of the Tuross River pump station is expected to be complete early next year, while the dam site is expected to be cleared in February 2022.
Member for Eden-Monaro Kristy McBain has been calling on the Federal Government to fund Eurobodalla Southern Water Storage project and welcome the $51.2 million spending commitment. The project is a massive win for Eurobodalla communities and is expected to provide three gigalitres of water storage to local residents and businesses.
Ms McBain, said while she welcomed the Government’s decision to finally commit to funding the project, it should not have to take an election year budget for the Government to support our regional communities.
“Communities in the Eurobodalla have been in desperate need of a new permanent water solution for years, during which time they have suffered from concurrent droughts and bushfires. Why has it taken so long to support such a vital project?”,” Ms McBain said.
Ms McBain has been a champion of this project both in her role as Federal Member for Eden-Monaro and as the Deputy Chair of the Canberra Region Joint Organisation.
Initial construction of the pump station along the Tuross River is planned to be completed early next year along with the clearing of the dam site. The project will be jointly funded by Federal, State and Local Governments.