Sewerage funding announced

FUNDING for a number of vital Clar- ence Valley water supply and sewer- age projects has received partial ap- proval by the Carr Government. Late Thursday the Clarence Valley Council received advice from Utilities Minister Frank Sartor that funding had been approved for several projects be- tween Iluka and Grafton. However, the details of that funding are yet to be provided by the Minister. Last year the Carr Government an- nounced it would reduce the amount it contributed in subsidies for regional water and sewerage projects. Until those subsidy reductions can be translated into a real dollar amount, the council is unable to determine whether more money from council cof- fers will be needed to help pay costs associated with planned water and sewerage works. It also remained to be seen how other sewering projects like the com- bined Maclean, Townsend and Law- rence schemes would be affected until the council received word on their via- bility from Mr Sartor. But the funding approval does mean, pending final approval from the Carr Government, that time frames for some projects can be set. The council will aim to begin work on the Junction Hill to Grafton sewer- age augmentation by the middle of this year. Preliminary work on the Shannon Creek Water storage dam should also begin around the same time. Constructions on a separate Grafton sewerage augmentation scheme is scheduled to begin in early 2006, while work on the Iluka sewerage scheme is anticipated to begin in early 2007.



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