Media Release
Lithgow City Council

7 January 2009



Mayor Castle has been speaking to other Mayors in the region regarding the positive news regarding Infrastructure Australia spending millions on regional water provision in NSW.

“Centroc has flagged with the Federal Government that we are undertaking a feasibility study to look at the best options for improving water security in the region. There are lots of ideas on the table however, it will be a question of what is financially feasible. At this stage we are undertaking data collection,” said the Mayor.

“We are also looking at policy and ways in which what we are doing works in with irrigators and mining interests,” said Mayor Castle.

“Minister Costa spoke enthusiastically about what Centroc is working on while he was in Forbes and Parkes just before Christmas and it will be interesting to see how this fits with the Water Utilities investigations that the Department of Water and Energy has been undertaking. I understand that the Minister will be making his announcements regarding this,” said Mayor Castle.

“Minister Costa’s support and that of the Premier is good news for the region as is the announcement from Infrastructure Australia that its Regional Water Reform Initiatives will fund parts of NSW with $95m initially plus $1.3b over 10 years,” said the Mayor.

“Further investigation will need to be undertaken by Centroc as to the fit between its programming and the Infrastructure Australia announcement. A report to the Board in February is anticipated. Ideally Centroc will be able to provide early information regarding the fit between Infrastructure Australia and member priorities in the Study ,” said Mayor Castle.

“I understand that the consultants undertaking the Centroc Water Security Feasibility Study are in the data collection phase, working with all member Councils of Centroc. If we want to access monies sooner rather than later, ideally we will get feedback to Infrastructure Australia by March,” said Mayor Castle.




Mayor Neville Castle
Tel: 02 6354 9999
Fax: 02 6351 4259

Jennifer Bennett
0428 690 935