Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson today announced that the NSW Government will provide $600,000 to assist Walcha Council with the construction of groundwater bores and associated works to provide emergency water supply for the village of Walcha during periods of drought.


Mr Anderson said recent drought conditions have impacted on many rural communities across NSW, including the small town of Walcha.


“Walcha’s current town water supply is heavily dependent on an off-river storage, which is sourced from the Macdonald River,” Mr Anderson said.


“In recent years, Walcha Council’s ability to supply town water had been severely impacted due to the continuing dry conditions.


“On two separate occasions the river has stopped flowing for extended periods, preventing Council from pumping to the off-river storage.”


Walcha Council Mayor Cr Janelle Archdale said that she was very excited to hear that they had received the $600,000 from the NSW Government.


“Walcha’s water security has been under pressure for the past 16 months.


“It is also crucial that we have these funds to secure our town’s water supply following the announcement that we are facing an El-Nino event,” Mayor Archdale said.


Mr Anderson said “This financial assistance will help Council with the construction of groundwater bores and necessary system improvements to provide a reliable and potentially drought-proof water supply system for the residents of Walcha.”


The NSW Government is committed to helping local councils and water authorities to deliver reliable, affordable and sustainable water supplies and sewerage systems to NSW communities through the Country Towns Water Supply and Sewerage Program.


More information on the Country Towns Water Supply and Sewerage Program is available on the NSW Office of Water’s website - www.water.nsw.gov.au


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