Benefits to flow from North Bega sewer upgrade

Media Release

JM026/2018

21 February 2018

Joint release with:

Kristy McBain

Mayor of Bega Valley Shire Council

Jim Molan

Senator for New South Wales

  • North Bega sewer upgrade—40 jobs during construction and one ongoing
  • Better connections for local businesses
  • Environmental benefits for local streams as Coalition Government invests $990,000

Upgrade of North Bega's sewer system is providing a welcome boost for the South Coast centre with 40 jobs during construction, better connections for local businesses and on-going environmental benefits for the entire community.

The project is another prime example of the Turnbull Coalition Government's support for job-creating economic growth in regional Australia.

Minister for Regional Development, Territories and Local Government John McVeigh said the sewer upgrade was typical of the regional projects being backed by the Coalition.

“The project will deliver clear benefits to the region in terms of jobs, sustainable growth opportunities while better protecting the local environment,” Dr McVeigh said.

“North Bega's new waste water plant will allow over 130 businesses in the area to connect to a pressured system, encouraging social and economic growth close to town.”

Senator for New South Wales Jim Molan said the Turnbull Coalition 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 the Bega River from pollution and managing water demand in a sustainable manner can deliver sizeable benefits for the community and investors,” Senator Molan said.

“The project involved the construction of a sewer pumping station, 3.9 kilometres of rising sewer mains and 900 metres of transfer mains.”

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.

This $2.33 million project was jointly funded, with the Coalition Government contributing $990,000, Bega Valley Shire Council $383,874 and Bega Cheese Limited contributing $956,000.