Federal Member for Hume Angus Taylor has announced $10 million to build a new wastewater treatment plant in Goulburn.
As announced in the Federal Budget, Goulburn Mulwaree Council had been successful in an application for funding under the first round of the Federal Government’s National Stronger Regions Fund.
“I am delighted to be able to announce the single largest infrastructure grant from the first funding round of the new National Stronger Regions Fund has gone to Goulburn. This is a huge win for Goulburn Mulwaree and for the region,” Mr Taylor said.
He said the $10 million grant would allow the $40 million first stage of the upgrade of the existing sewer treatment plant to be completed, with Goulburn Mulwaree Council providing the remaining $30 million.
Mayor Geoff Kettle said it was sensational news.
“The spin off for Goulburn will be strong growth into the future knowing that we now have a secure water supply, knowing that our future is secure when it comes to wastewater and it opens the opportunity for further large scale investment for the shire,” Mayor Kettle said.
“I sincerely thank Angus as our local member for all the hard work he’s put into this application on our behalf. It just goes to show what a positive working relationship between all levels of government can deliver.”
Mr Taylor congratulated Council on laying the foundations for strong future investment.
“One of the biggest issues for the Goulburn region over recent years has been water security. This has been well addressed by Council in recent years, with an investment of $50 million in the Highland Source Project, securing potable water for greater Goulburn. This $10 million announcement will allow a new wastewater treatment plant to be built, using state of the art technology and systems. The four stage $77 million project sets Goulburn up for generations to come.”