No penny-Pinching on Bega pipeline contract

Bega Valley Shire Mayor Tony Allen said the pipeline will “improve the water supply security of the existing Tantawangalo-Kiah system that supplies water to the urban areas in the south of the shire including Candelo, Wolumla, Merimbula, Tura Beach, Pambula, Pambula Beach and Eden.”

The Council also appointed NSW Public Works as construction project manager.

Tyco Water’s $A4.6 million contract involves the supply of iron pipe work made from 100 per cent recycled scrap steel. The pipes, fittings and valves will be more than 95 per cent Australian-made.

The 450 mm diameter pipeline will run mainly along the Princes Highway and through Wolumla and will have an initial pumping capacity of 5 ML/d.

The Mayor said the 20 km pipeline will transfer water from the Bega River during high flow times, using water that would otherwise flow out to sea.

“The project is funded by Bega Valley Shire Council with an $A10 million subsidy contribution from the Australian Government, through the Water Smart Australia Program,” Cr Allen said.

The project’s total cost is expected to be $A28.746 million.

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