The Narromine Shire Council will receive funding to replace the existing water treatment plant which should help improve the quality of water in Tomingley.
The NSW Government announced funding of $300,000 toward the design and construction of the Tomingley water supply augmentation project under the government’s $1 billion Safe and Secure Water Program.
Narromine Shire Mayor Craig Davies has welcomed the funding for the project, which has been a commitment the council have been pushing to secure.
“Council have recognised well and truly that the water supply in Tomingley was not much better than third world, it very much was ordinary,” Cr Davies said.
“We’ve committed over the last couple of years of engaging with the state government on a very high level to ensure that the situation in Tomingley was recognised and rectified.”
Cr Davies said that the council would also be committing another $100,000 to ensure a decent water supply, and said a further $60,000 has also been donated by the Tomingley mines which will go toward providing each house with water tank.
“Once this investment goes into Tomingley, in the last 12 months and in the coming 12 months there’s going to be a commitment to Tomingley of about $640,000 that includes upgrades to the town hall, and some beautification to the main street.”
“We have a real commitment to Tomingley that it has the level of service it should get and that council should provide, and we are well on the way to ensuring that level of service is there.”
Minister for Regional Water, Niall Blair said he understands how important water security is for regional communities and their long-term growth.
“I commend council and the community for continuing to fight for this project to be delivered,” Mr Blair said.
“It doesn’t matter where you live in NSW, we are committed to making sure everyone has access to a safe and secure water supply,” he said.
Member for Dubbo, Troy Grant said the funding is a huge boost for the local area and is testament to the NSW Government’s commitment to regional NSW.
“All residents in NSW need access to clean water and today this funding will ensure that Tomingley will have a secure water supply into the future,” Mr Grant said.
“This funding is great news for Narromine and will allow for the essential replacement of the current water treatment plant.”
The NSW Government’s Safe and Secure Water Program ensures regional NSW communities have access to high quality, reliable and affordable water that meets modern environmental and health standards