After a long process, the villages of Lake Wyangan, Nericon and Tharbogang now have access to the much-anticipated reticulated sewerage system.
Griffith City Council was awarded $2.1 million towards the $5 million sewerage project with the remaining $2.9 million funded by the council.
Griffith Mayor John Dal Broi said the work has brought Lake Wyangan, Nericon and Tharbogang into line with other towns and villages within the Griffith region.
“This is a project that has been some 20 years in the planning and I’m delighted local residents now have the same level of access to modern sewerage infrastructure as others in the region,” Cr Dal Broi said.
Works included installing 17km of sewer mains, pressure sewer grinder pump units and sewerage drainage connections for each property and decommissioning the existing septic systems. All sewage will be pumped to the Griffith Water Reclamation Plant for treatment.
Council originally expressed interest in funding opportunities with the State Government in 1996 for the villages sewer but was unsuccessful.
Planning and design concepts were also prepared in 2005 as part of the 2030 Growth Strategy. Griffith City Council was then invited to submit an Expression of Interest in 2015 which led to a successful funding announcement in 2016.
Detailed designs and planning for tendering commenced in 2016 and a public meeting was held on December 14, 2016 with the residents and property owners of the villages.
“This is a great example of local and state governments working together to make a real difference to regional communities,” Cr Dal Broi said.
Member for Murray Austin Evans said this is a significant milestone for the three villages.
“For years, residents have relied on septic systems, but those properties are now connected to the new sewerage infrastructure,” Mr Evans said.
“The NSW Government is proud to have been able to support this project through the Water Security for Regions program.”
Established under the Restart NSW Fund, the Water Security for Regions program has awarded $220 million to water supply and waste water infrastructure projects across regional NSW.