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The Hon Dr Mike Kelly AM MP
Federal Parliamentary Secretary for Water

Berridale sewage treatment plant benefits Shire

Media release
7 July2010
MK13/2010

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Residents in the Snowy River Shire of Berridale are set to benefit from improved potable water security as a result of Phase Two of the Berridale Sewage Treatment Plant Augmentation Project, Parliamentary Secretary for Water, Dr Mike Kelly said today.

Visiting the works, Dr Kelly congratulated the Snowy River Shire Council for its timely delivery of the Australian Government funded component of the project, both on time and on budget.

"This project will greatly benefit the Snowy River Shire, saving potable water by treating effluent and using the recycled water to irrigate the Coolamatong Golf Course in Berridale, replacing potable water that is currently used" Dr Kelly said.

"The environmental health of Wullwye Creek will be improved as a result of a reduction in the volume of treated effluent discharged into the creek.

"Water is a precious resource and helping regional centers secure their water supplies by funding recycling and reuse projects to improve water security is an important part of the Australian Government's Water for the Future initiative.

"This project is a great example of different levels of government working together to deliver a project that increases the efficiency of water use, makes the most of the water we have and supports healthy rivers."

The project is expected to become operational in late 2010 following installation of the irrigation system to enable use of the recycled water at the golf club. This final part of the project is funded by the Snowy River Shire Council and the New South Wales Government.

Under the Water for the Future Water Smart Australia program the Australian Government committed $1 million in funds towards the approximately $3 million project . The New South Wales Government has committed approximately $850,000 towards the project with the Snowy River Shire Council providing the balance of funding.

The Australian Government recognises the immense challenge we face as a nation in preparing for a future with less water. A key priority of Water for the Future is securing safe and reliable water supplies for urban communities.

The Water Smart Australia program is part of the Australian Government's Water for the Future initiative and aims to accelerate the development and uptake of smart technologies and practices in water use across Australia.

For more information on the Water for the Future Water Smart Australia program please visit:
www.environment.gov.au/water

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