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Joint media release
29 March 2010
Construction will begin today on a $120 million pipeline to assist in securing the future water supply for Central Coast communities, announced Parliamentary Secretary for Water, Dr Mike Kelly and local MP Craig Thomson.
"The Australian Government has provided funding of $80.3 million towards the Mardi - Mangrove Link project, with the remainder of funding to be met by the Gosford City and Wyong Shire Councils," Dr Kelly said.
Funded through the Australian Government's $1.6 billion Water Smart Australia program, the Mardi - Mangrove Link project will help to secure the Central Coast's long term water supply - a key priority under the Australian Government's Water for the Future framework which is a comprehensive national response to managing water resources in both rural and urban areas.
Water for the Future has four key priorities: taking action on climate change; using water wisely; supporting healthy rivers and securing water supplies.
"This is the largest water infrastructure project undertaken on the Central Coast since the mid-1980s when Mangrove Creek Dam was built.
The project, which is a key element of the long term water supply strategy for the Central Coast WaterPlan 2050, is expected to be completed by 30 June 2011.
"The community of the Central Coast will benefit from this project as it will help to boost dam storage levels, speed up drought recovery and help protect the region against future extended periods of below average rainfall," Mr Thomson said.
"The project has undergone extensive planning, technical investigations, environmental assessments, detailed design, government approvals and community consultation over the past two years.
"Ecological and heritage studies, along with extensive landholder consultation, have also ensured the community is well briefed on the pipeline project," Dr Kelly said.
The Mardi - Mangrove Link project is one of over 70 Water Smart Australia projects located across the country that include stormwater harvesting and reuse, wastewater recycling and water planning. For further information please refer to www.environment.gov.au
The key benefits of this project as outlined in WaterPlan 2050 are:
Construction works include: