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Water plant boost

Thursday, 5th June, 2008

The Mica Street water treatment plant upgrade project will receive a $13.2 million boost from the State Budget.

It is one of a number of projects in Murray-Darling that is sharing in the record $13.9 billion being invested in schools, hospitals, roads, transport and other infrastructure, said Country Labor Duty MLC for Murray-Darling, Tony Catanzariti.

Country Water last February said the project tender to upgrade the treatment plant was expected to cost more than $20 million.

The utility had received proposals from three companies vying for the contract to design and construct the plant.

Country Water general manager, Brian Steffen, said at the time construction should start later this year. Final approval was required from the Minister for Water Utilities, Nathan Rees.

Meanwhile, Mr Catanzariti said Murray-Darling had won a healthy share of the $13.9 billion being invested in the State Budget this year in schools, hospitals, roads, transport and other infrastructure.

He said it included $61.9 million for safer and better roads, and $2.5 million for initial sealing of the Silver City Highway at Paringa. There is also $800,000 for reconstruction east of Wilcannia.

Other major works include $1.2 million for Aboriginal housing at Wilcannia, Menindee and Moama, $50,000 for refurbishment to the BH State Office Block and $735,000 to replace teacher housing in Broken Hill, and $80,000 at Wilcannia.

Mr Catanzariti said $6.2 million will also be spent upgrading the electricity network to improve reliability of supply to farmers, residents and businesses.

Deniliquin Ambulance Station will also receive $1 million for an upgrade.

"Over the next four years, the Iemma Government will fund key capital works projects worth almost $57.6 billion," he said.

"This is a massive 58 per cent higher than the previous four years.

"The increase is driven by investments in new and upgraded schools, health and hospital facilities, roads and public transport and the assets of power and water utilities.

"Whether it's better services or investment in infrastructure, the Iemma Government is delivering to the people of Broken Hill.

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