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UPPER Hunter Shire Council has welcomed a $200,500 windfall.
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NSW Minister for Natural Resources, Lands and Water Kevin Humphries said the state government would provide council with the money to help meet the costs incurred by council of new infrastructure required to maintain the town water supply at Murrurundi during February’s water supply emergency.

He added the government will also offer $47,517 to meet the water carting costs incurred by council.

“In February 2014, Murrurundi suffered a severe algae outbreak due to prolonged drought conditions that effectively crippled the town’s water supply,” Mr Humphries said.

“Council was concerned about the potential health risks from the algae and alerted the community not to drink the water and provided bottled drinking water to the residents as a stop-gap measure.

“Council also constructed emergency works at significant costs to maintain the water supply and also began carting water from Scone to ensure a continued supply for Murrurundi during this period.

“This funding highlights the NSW Government’s commitment to ensuring communities across the state have access to a sustainable and secure water supply.”

Upper Hunter Shire mayor Michael Johnsen praised the NSW Government for helping meet the costs borne by council during the water supply emergency.

“The extensive emergency provisions undertaken by council came at a significant cost and depleted funds that were set aside for future water improvements,” he said.

“This funding from the NSW Government will be of great assistance to council in enabling us to undertake further water infrastructure works in the future.”

Cr Johnsen said council was also actively pursuing opportunities to improve the Murrurundi water supply infrastructure further in 2015, including having applied for funding under the NSW Government’s Water Security for Regions program to build a pipeline from Scone to Murrurundi.

“I have put the case for a Murrurundi pipeline strongly to Minister Humphries, most recently late last month,” he said.

“Wallabadah has received such assistance and Murrurundi is equally deserving.”

GOOD NEWS: Upper Hunter Shire mayor Michael Johnsen and director of infrastructure services Alan Fletcher inspect Murrurundi’s main water storage dam, which could become a back-up system under plans for improved water supply infrastructure.

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