Turning the first ceremonial sod of soil yesterday to officially kick off construction on the $8.81 million Bundarra Sewerage Scheme project, Bundarra local John Layton, Northern Tablelands MP Adam Marshall and Uralla Shire Mayor Michael Pearce.
Friday, 22 January 2021
CONSTRUCTION of the long-awaited Bundarra Sewerage Scheme has officially commenced, with Northern Tablelands MP Adam Marshall and Uralla Shire Mayor Michael Pearce turning the first ceremonial sod of soil yesterday on the $8.81 million infrastructure project.
Mr Marshall said the scheme would provide reticulated sewerage infrastructure and services to more than 170 properties within the Bundarra township.
“The construction of a sewerage system in Bundarra will mean the end of any potential environmental risks associated with ageing private septic systems, especially those located on properties close to the Gwydir River,” Mr Marshall said.
“The new system will mean a change from privately owned on-site treatment and disposal of wastewater within each property to a low pressure reticulated system with a single remote treatment plant, all operated by council.
“Each developed property will have its own pump and tank and will be connected to a mains sewerage line outside the dwelling or business.
“Contractor Ledonne Constructions will build the sewer reticulation network and rising main within the town.
“A sewage pumping station to provide sufficient pressure for pumping to the treatment area will be located to the west of Bundarra, with a transfer rising main linking the station and the treatment site and a sewage treatment plant including ponds, irrigation area and other associated infrastructure.
“By the end of this year Bundarra residents will have a modern sewer service that most people in the rest of this region take for granted and that will safely service the community for generations to come.”
In 2016, Council was awarded grant funding of $3.675 million towards the project from the State Government’s Water Security for Regions Program. This funding has now increased to $6.354 million and council will fund the balance of $1.97 million from reserves and annual sewerage charges.
Cr Pearce said the Bundarra Sewerage Scheme project was a key component of Council’s commitment to provide efficient and environmentally-sound sewerage services in Bundarra.
“Council is pleased with the rapid commencement of construction on the project and we are working with Ledonne Constructions so that the works go as smoothly, safely, and as quickly as possible,” Cr Pearce said.
“We look forward to the completion of construction and the commissioning of the scheme, anticipated for the end of this year.
“Council would like to thank the NSW Government for providing the funding to enable the project to go ahead.
“Council would also like to take this opportunity to reaffirm our commitment to successfully deliver the project to the Bundarra community.
“We look forward to the scheme being commissioned and the realisation of the public health, economic, and environmental benefits it will bring the Bundarra community and across the region.”