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Representatives from Cootamundra-Gundagai Regional Council and Killard Infrastructure Pty Ltd met in Cootamundra last week to discuss and inspect the Cootamundra water main replacement project.

Killard Infrastructure has been engaged to undertake the project, and will design and construct 20km of water main infrastructure through conventional open cut and lay and trenchless HDD under boring slip lining methods of renewal over a 24 week delivery program for stage 1.

The project funding has been sourced from the Stronger Communities Fund, an initiative of the NSW Government and administered by Cootamundra-Gundagai Regional Council.

Company Managing Director Jerry Daly, General Manager Lee Edwards and Superintendent Liam Kerr spent last Wednesday afternoon and Thursday with CGRC employees inspecting the sites and mapping out a plan for the work to commence.

Lee Edwards General Manager of Killard Infrastructure said: “We are delighted to be awarded this historic project, and construction partner with CGRC for the replacement of water mains for the township of Cootamundra, we understand the importance of this project has to the local community, water is a precious source and construction of potable drinking water the next generation of CGRC residents is exciting and extremely rewarding.”

“Our key focus points are to support the local community through resourcing of local staff, and supporting local business during the lifecycle of the project which will be in excess of three years, our commencement date is the 10th September 2018 for stage 1,” Mr Edwards added.

The company is a large multi-functional infrastructure company, which has gained a reputation in the fields of network utilities. They specialise in Stormwater, water main, roads, sewer system installation, culvert remediation, culvert rehabilitation, CCTV investigation, civil, conduit relocation, bridge structures, retaining walls, electrical structures and gas pipelines.

CGRC Deputy General Manager Mr Phil McMurray along with other CGRC staff involved in the project welcomed the Killard team to town and said he was keen to see the project get underway.

“Cootamundra’s water problems will be resolved, the old cast and ductile pipes are well beyond their use by date, it will be great to deliver to the community a new mains system that will put an end to discoloured water and the frequent pipe burst events we deal with,” Phil said.

It is likely a further contract of $2,287,600 will also be awarded to the company by means of a contract variation. Subject to a further report being adopted by Council, to determine funding sources to continue the work to replace all the remaining aged cast iron water mains in the Cootamundra reticulation system.