Port Macquarie-Hastings Council has completed a major upgrade to the sewer management systems for the communities of Telegraph Point, Comboyne and Long Flat.
Sewage waste disposal in the three villages is currently managed by residents, through on-site septic systems.
Council says the new infrastructure provides a more efficient disposal method, transferring the wastewater away from their homes to treat it, and additionally protecting the environment and health of the local community with quality-controlled waste.
The upgrades included the construction of new sewerage treatment plants, including a gravity sewer at Long Flat and Comboyne, and a pressure sewer system installed at Telegraph Point. The pipe network and transfer system were also installed, so all homes are able to connect to the new network.
The three-village sewer scheme was a $29 million project funded by Council, with an almost $6 million dollar contribution from the NSW State Government under the Restart NSW Water Security for Regions program.
In August 2018, Council awarded Ledonne Constructions the Contract to construct the village sewerage schemes.
Council’s Director of Infrastructure, Dan Bylsma said the work was a major milestone project.
“This is the second time our team have completed a project of this magnitude, and to see the direct community benefits is a big win for us,” he said.
“Previously there was little to no infrastructure in place to help manage sewerage in the three villages. Once majority of the properties are connected, we’ll see a major improvement to water quality, and significant health and environmental benefits as well. It’s a great outcome.”
All homes are now ready to be connected to the new fully reticulated network.
For more information on the ‘Three-Village Sewer Scheme’, visit pmhc.nsw.gov.au/village-sewer-schemes