Iluka can’t wait for sewerage link

AFTER years of talking, planning and preparations to get Iluka hooked up to sewerage, a State-funding freeze could cause further delays to the $40 million project.

Clarence Valley Council is waiting to hear from the Minister for Water, Phillip Costa, to find out if stage two approval and funding will be granted for the scheme.

Stage two approval would give council access to NSW Government subsidy through the New South Wales Towns Water Supply and Sewage Program (CTWSSP).

But there’s a problem. The NSW Government mini-budget fund, which includes CTWSSP, has been frozen until 2012.

Clarence Mayor Richie Williamson said those frozen funds could potentially further delay the project.

“We are extremely anxious to get State funding approval to allow the project to be put out for tender,” Cr Williamson said.

He said one option that could work was the State Government’s guarantee to council that the subsidy would be paid once the freeze was lifted.

The Mayor said the Minister for Water assured him that his department, and Treasury, were working towards finding a funding solution so the sewerage scheme could go ahead.

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