Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson has welcomed news that West Bank Road at Chaffey Dam will remain open following a Tamworth Regional Council meeting last night.


With the $50million upgrade of Chaffey Dam parts of the Westerns Foreshore Road (West Bank Road) would be under water as the dam reached towards its full capacity. As a result State Water asked Tamworth Regional Council as the local roads authority to support the partial closure of the road.


Mr Anderson said the agreement from council to support the residents in their push to retain West Bank Road as a through road is a great step forward.


“From that first meeting I had with the residents of West Bank Road in May last year it was clear that the residents wanted the road to remain open so the decision by council to honour those wishes is great news for the residents.


“The residents of West Bank Road have fought hard for this result and it has been an important issue for them so I will continue to lend my support to their cause whenever necessary.


“There are still some points that need to be worked out between NSW StateWater and some residents relating to what happens to parts of their land in the event that the road is inundated and I will be lending my full support where appropriate to find a resolution for them.”


Mr Anderson said work on the Chaffey Dam upgrade is continuing on schedule with a completion date expected in April of this year.


The project will see the capacity of Chaffey Dam increase from 62 GL to 100 GL and ensure the dam complied with the necessary safety standards for extreme floods.


The $18 million dam safety upgrade component of the works is funded by the NSW Government.


The $31.781 million augmentation component of the works is funded by the Australian Government’s National Water Security Plan for Cities and Towns ($18.145 million), the NSW Government ($9.668 million) and Tamworth Regional Council ($3.968 million).

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