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Non-potable water will be made available to the Stuart Town community for the first time thanks to a $560,000 investment by the Federal Government.

Federal Member for Calare, Andrew Gee said the funding has been delivered through the Drought Communities Programme which recognises the severe impact the drought is not only having on the farms, but also in our towns and villages.

“Water security is one of the biggest hand brakes on growth in country NSW, so anything we can be doing to secure that supply is going to be hugely beneficial. This project will involve connecting Stuart Town’s community facilities, like the community hall, to reticulated bore water, as well as a pipe stand area for residents and farmers to access,” Mr Gee said.

“This major injection of federal funds is designed to assist our farmers, towns and surrounding regions get through what is the worst drought in living memory.”

Mayor of the Dubbo Region Ben Shields said the funding injection would allow for the completion of a very important project for Stuart Town.

“The issue of water at Stuart Town has been a concern for a long time. I have had numerous conversations with residents who have found it tough without a decent water supply and Council has been looking at ways to improve the situation,” Cr Shields said.

“The drought has made the conditions even tougher and has hastened the need for another water source so the Drought Communities Programme has provided a great chance to make this a reality.

“There is also a great tourism opportunity here. The Boehme’s Hall Committee has been very vocal about the ability to draw free campers to the recreation ground if there was water there so they will now have the chance to promote that.”

The total scope of works involves:

  • Completed bore equipped with a submersible pump and controls;
  • 75mm pipeline between the bore and storage tanks;
  • Three 20,000 litre poly tanks at the local fire brigade shed site;
  • Installation of a hardstand at the bore site and local fire brigade shed site; and
  • Water filling station at fire brigade shed.