Guyra is one step closer to securing a sustainable water supply – with details of the Malpas pipeline project recently being finalised.
Northern Tablelands MP Adam Marshall launched a petition in August to help push the project forward.
Mr Marshall said he was extremely pleased with the community support received.
A final cost for the project has also been confirmed.
“Council has now finalised the costings for the project,” Mr Marshall said.
“The pipeline plus the associated infrastructure has come in at $13.5 million of which I have made a request to the State Government for $10.5 million.”
Mr Marshall said an application has been made to the Federal Government for the remaining $3 million.
“Council has informed me that it has commenced liaising with landholders along the proposed pipeline route to try and get agreements in place,” he said.
“That means if and when that funding is approved, they can start the project immediately.”
The current water plan for Guyra shows that over the past 10 years, annual demand has been around 423 mega litres – with 39 per cent of the yield going to the tomato farm, however, safe yield of the Guyra Dams has been estimated to be only 277 mega litres per year.
“I’m pushing this project incredibly hard because from my perspective it’s absolutely critical for the future of Guyra,” he said.
“Guyra needs a secure water source to continue to grow and attract further development.”
Mr Marshall is anticipating an answer regarding his requests to the State Government within the next month, and Federal Government by Christmas.