Mayor undeterred by knockback

PLANS to upgrade  Bombala’s sewage treatment works will have to wait, with no funding for the project made available in the 2014-2015 state budget. 

But Bombala Mayor, Cr Bob Stewart, is not deterred – and expects funding to be 

allocated to the project within in the next 12 months. 

“We are working to get funding for the project in the next 12 months from federal and state sources,” Cr Stewart said. 

“I’m not overly concerned with the state of the sewage system at this stage and I have a verbal arrangement with our state member (John Barilaro) that it will be put back on the agenda.

“(Federal Member for Eden-Monaro) Peter Hendy has made it clear that there won’t be any funding available for the project until after July 1.” 

The upgrades are expected to cost more than $5 million with the antiquated system being build in the 1950s.

Cr Stewart said the council would endeavour to seek funding for the project.

“We will go through the process of planning out our next step but we do know we need a system where 70 per cent of the funding comes from the federal and state governments,” he said.

“The expense of an upgrade would be too costly to put on the community.”

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