6 February 2019
Easier access to water in parts of the Shire is one step closer as Gunnedah Shire Council’s application to the Federal Government’s Drought Communities Program to install standpipes was successful.
At the October Ordinary Council Meeting, Councillors voted to lodge an application to install 24-hour self-service water standpipes in Gunnedah, Mullaley, Tambar Springs and Curlewis as part of the program.
Acting Mayor Rob Hooke said the project will see standpipes equipped with a self-serve automated dispensing system to make it easier for people across the Shire to access potable water for farming and domestic use (both small and large users).
“This project was identified as a priority for the local community, which continues to be adversely affected by drought. This permanent water infrastructure solution will not only benefit the Shire now through the current drought but will improve access to water for the community into the future,” Cr Hooke said.
“Work on this project will also benefit the local economy, through the procurement of local supplies and resources.”
The project will commence in the next month and will be completed by June 2019. The standpipes can be accessed via credit card or with a data card obtained from Council. The new standpipes will be in addition to the two currently in use on O’Neill Road – which will be updated to use the same system.
As part of the program, up to $1 million was made available to Gunnedah Shire Council to deliver infrastructure and other community projects as part of a drought relief package. The package aims to stimulate local spending, provide employment and use local businesses and suppliers in delivering projects that will have a long-lasting benefit to rural communities.
Council also put out an expression of interest to the community, local businesses, and service and sporting groups to submit proposals for projects that met the funding guidelines. Council is currently in the process of submitting applications for the shortlisted projects identified during that process.
Photo Caption: Standpipes will be installed in Gunnedah, Mullaley, Tambar Springs and Curlewis as part of the program.
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