Member for Murray Austin Evans has announced tenders have now closed and are being assessed, as part of the first stage of a new sewerage scheme project in the Wentworth Shire.

It is anticipated the successful tenderer will be announced in late June.

“The Wentworth Shire Sewerage Scheme is an important waste water project which will update the existing sewerage infrastructure to last into the future. It will also provide improved health and environmental outcomes for the community,” Mr Evans said.

“The NSW Government has committed $2 million to the project under the Restart NSW Water Security for Regions Regional Water and Waste Water Backlog Program.

“This program boosts vital water and waste water services through new infrastructure builds and modernisation in regional NSW.”

The $4.25 million Wentworth Shire Sewerage Scheme is being managed by the Wentworth Shire Council which has provided the remainder of the funding.

The project involves reducing the five current and outdated sewerage schemes to three schemes, constructing waste diversions and rising mains, replacing pumps and upgrading the pond area for two of the schemes.

Wentworth Shire Council Mayor Melisa Hederics said reliable sewerage infrastructure was vital to the sustainable growth of communities into the future.

“The existing infrastructure is ageing and two of the schemes at Wentworth West and Dareton, which will be decommissioned, sit on flood-prone land,” Cr Hederics said.

“The upgraded schemes will extend the life of sewerage infrastructure for the Wentworth Shire, reduce the risk of contamination and odour release, and have lower maintenance and running costs.”

Mr Evans commended the Wentworth Shire on the project, saying it would provide an economic boost for the community.

“In addition to reduced running costs, the project provides an alternative to costly septic systems for residents and allows for population and business growth,” Mr Evans said.

“The reduced risk of damage to our environment also provides a considerable economic benefit and is an excellent outcome for environmental sustainability.”

Construction work on the project is scheduled to commence in August 2018, with completion in the second half of 2019.