The opening of a new wastewater plant in Goulburn today will provide modern sewage treatment facilities to the highest environmental standard, as well as treated effluent for sustainable re-use.

Federal Member for Hume Angus Taylor said the project, which is the first stage of a larger scheme, will increase the capacity of wastewater treatment to reach thousands of people across the city.

“The treatment plant is set to connect around 10,500 properties in the City of Goulburn, a number which is expected to increase with time.”

“The project, supported with a $10million Federal funding grant, has created 500 jobs during construction, which is another enormous investment in the local community”, Mr Taylor said.

Assistant Minister for Regional Development Sussan Ley said the construction of a new wastewater treatment plant, pump station and rising main would help distribute re-used water to Goulburn and the Southern Tablelands region, and even as far north as the Sydney Catchment.

“This was a huge project, constructing a new concrete flow-receiving structure, an in-ground concrete raw sewage lift pump station and the refurbishment of an existing grit tank.”

“In addition, the construction of new effluent discharge infrastructure and improvements to an existing effluent pump station will help process the recycled wastewater for a more productive use down the line”, Ms Ley said.

Mayor of Goulburn Mulwaree Bob Kirk said the completion of the Wastewater Treatment Plant Upgrade provides the necessary infrastructure for sustainable treatment of the city’s sewage now and into the future.

“We are now able to treat sewage to modern standards and can accommodate the significant population growth we expect to see in the coming decades.”

“The upgrade also means fantastic community outcomes, including the ability to provide a re-use product for irrigation on sporting fields and parkland throughout the area – this product will also be available to potential customers in the future”, Cr Kirk said.

The $32m Wastewater Treatment Plant Upgrade project was jointly funded by Goulburn Mulwaree Council ($22m) with $10m in regional development funding from the Australian Government.