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Mayor of the Dubbo Region Ben Shields and Federal Member for Calare Andrew Gee MP have officially flicked the switch to the new water supply in Stuart Town providing residents with access to non-potable water.

Residents and land holders from Stuart Town and surrounds will now have access to water thanks to the Drought Communities Program Drought Relief from the Federal Government along with project management from Dubbo Regional Council.

Mayor of the Dubbo Region Ben Shields said this funding has allowed for the installation of key infrastructure for the Stuart Town community.

“The community of Stuart Town has been requesting a water supply for a long time, it’s wonderful to have received this funding to make the possibility a reality,” Clr Shields said.

The Federal Government provided $560,000 for works that includes a completed bore equipped with a submersible pump, automatic backwash filter, electronic controls and shed.

A pipeline between the bore and storage tanks installed to the south of Stuart Town. A water filling station, complete with bitumen-sealed hardstand and access driveways, accessible to the fire brigade and general public with Avdata keys.

Connections will also be made in the near future by Dubbo Regional Council staff to the local Primary School and Moxon Park, supplying both facilities with a reliable water supply.

Federal Member for Calare Andrew Gee said it’s been wonderful to make a substantial difference for those suffering due to this horrendous drought.

“This drought has been devastating for so many of our country communities.

“The Drought Communities Program is designed to stimulate local economic activity and I know this project has given much-needed work to local companies and tradies,” Mr Gee said.

“This project has delivered tangible assistance to the people in Stuart Town. Providing access to water in a more convenient location, in closer proximity can only be a win for the people who live locally and on the land,” Mr Gee said.

“While not drinkable, the new water supply can be used for other purposes such as toilets, showering and cleaning, saving valuable water for (human) consumption,” Mr Gee added.

Dubbo Regional Council was successful in obtaining funding during the first round of the Drought Communities Program for Drought Relief which saw three key projects for the region. Other projects that were funded by Drought Communities Program for Drought Relief, Round 1 were:

  • Accessible Amenities block in Dubbo CBD
  • Shade sails for the Dubbo Sale Yards