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17th August 2017
Relief coming for stormwater networks.
The towns of Cootamundra and Gundagai will benefit for years to come when council undertakes its storm water mitigation project. The project is on the drawing board, with funds from the Stronger Communities Fund Major Projects Program.
Cootamundra-Gundagai Regional Council anticipates replacing and extending some of the old stormwater drains in both towns. Setting aside $1 million from the NSW Government’s Stronger Communities Fund, to ensure the ongoing improvement of stormwater systems continues and upgrades to the network begin.
Almost all of Cootamundra’s storm water pours into Muttama Creek, with Gundagai’s flowing into Morleys and Jones Creeks. In South Gundagai stormwater runs directly into the Murrumbidgee River. These waterways are central to each town’s business districts and urban developments.
Poorly managed stormwater can cause problems through erosion and the transportation of nutrients, chemical pollutants, litter and sediments to these catchments.
Cootamundra-Gundagai Regional Council administrator Stephen Sykes said, the network is considered to be in a satisfactory condition, however the system is more than half way through its expected life span.
“There is 15 kilometres of drainage piping making up the stormwater network in Cootamundra. The average age of the network is 30 to 45 years. Likewise in Gundagai, reports show 12 kilometres of pipes. The drainage network is generally capable of meeting requirements at present. However it is the general ageing of the infrastructure that is of concern to council,” he said.
Mr Sykes added, “Council has risk management plans in place for all activities regarding stormwater infrastructure. It also has 20-year asset management plans that covers all aspects of stormwater infrastructure and these plans are based on regular maintenance and ongoing replacement to keep the asset at its present condition or to improve it.”
Council conducts ongoing asset maintenance programs involving the regular clearance of pipes and above ground infrastructure. This has dealt with the immediate and most serious maintenance issues.
Member for Cootamundra Katrina Hodgkinson MP also added her endorsement of the program saying the NSW Government’s Stronger Communities Fund has allowed council to accelerate many infrastructure maintenance and expansion projects.
“I’m really pleased this project will go ahead, stormwater mitigation will benefit both communities,
and bring improvement to the networks that would have otherwise taken years to undertake,” Katrina said.