Pipeline to growth delivered for Bega community

Media Release

DC428/2017

08 December 2017

Joint release with:

Arthur Sinodinos

Senator for New South Wales

Kristy McBain

Mayor of Bega Valley Shire Council

  • Completed North Bega sewer upgrade will encourage social and economic growth
  • Coalition Government committed $990,000 to the $2.24 million project
  • 30 jobs created during construction, and two ongoing

The Coalition Government's long term plan to cater for future growth in regional Australia continues to be realised with the completion of a $2.24 million sewer upgrade in Bega today.

Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester said the project would allow more than 130 businesses in the area to connect to a pressurised water system.

“North Bega's new waste water plant will provide many community benefits, most importantly to support growing local industry and further development of the township,” Mr Chester said.

Senator for New South Wales Arthur Sinodinos said the Australian Government partnered with Bega Cheese Limited and Bega Valley Shire Council to deliver the project, which will help reduce the impact of business activities on local waterways.

“Protecting water resources such as the Bega River from pollution and managing water demand in a sustainable manner can deliver sizeable benefits for the community and investors” Senator Sinodinos said.

Mayor of Bega Valley Shire Kristy McBain said the upgrade means residents have options other than septic tanks, bringing the region's amenities in line with other parts of Australia.

“This sort of project is core to Council's business in terms of managing and improving our assets, while looking to build prosperity, opportunity and sustainability,” Cr McBain said.

Projects funded under the Australian Government's National Stronger Regions Fund deliver economic benefits to the region by improving productivity, employment and workforce skills.

The project involved the construction of a sewer pumping station, 3.9 kilometres of rising sewer mains and 900 metres of transfer mains that will benefit 130 local businesses.

Bega Valley Shire Council provided $300,000 and Bega Cheese Limited contributed $956,000.