Member for Murray Austin Evans today visited the worksite where the new $7 million Hay Wastewater Treatment Plant in the state’s south-west is taking shape.

“I’m delighted to see the progress on this vital infrastructure upgrade for the Hay community,” Mr Evans said.

“The existing wastewater treatment plant was built in the 1940s and is now reaching the end of its useful life, but this new plant will serve the community for many years to come.

“This project is part of the NSW Government’s commitment to making sure our regional communities have access to reliable wastewater services under the Restart NSW Safe and Secure Water Program.”

Hay Shire Council was awarded $5.25 million under the program for the new Hay Wastewater Treatment Plant, which will be built adjacent to the existing plant. The council will also contribute $1.75 million.

Work includes an upgrade of the sewage transfer system, construction of a new amenities building and decommissioning of the existing plant.

Hay Shire Council Mayor Bill Sheaffe said the new plant would cater for Hay’s wastewater needs for the next three decades.

“As well as servicing the current needs of Hay, the new plant can be easily augmented to accommodate a water reuse system in the future, as well as for an increased population to 3000 people,” Cr Sheaffe said.

“It’s also delivering improved outcomes for the environment, with all wastewater released from the plant to meet EPA discharge guidelines.

“As a local centre for the surrounding farmland, Hay is an important base for economic growth and productivity and I am pleased this government is investing in vital infrastructure for its future.”

Minister for Primary Industries and Regional Water Niall Blair said the Safe and Secure Water program was established under the Restart NSW fund last year to fund innovative approaches to providing water and sewerage infrastructure in regional NSW.

Mr Blair said this government understands the importance of water and wastewater services to our regional communities which is why we have reserved $1 billion under this program.

“Reliable water and waste water services are critical to regional growth and investment, and are fundamental to the health and wellbeing of the community.

“The NSW Government is proud to be able to invest in the future of Hay by ensuring a safe and reliable wastewater treatment plant.”

The new plant is expected to be completed in 2019.

For more information on the Restart NSW Safe and Secure Water program, visit https://www.industry.nsw.gov.au/water/water-utilities/infrastructure-programs/safe-and-secure-water-program