New Willow Tree Water Supply System officially opened - Council seeks further funding partnerships to complete visionary Regional Water Supply Scheme.

On welcoming State Member for Upper Hunter, Michael Johnsen MLA, to carry out the official opening ceremony for the recently completed Willow Tree Water Supply Transfer System, Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope, said a grateful community was thankful to Mr Johnsen and his colleagues in Government for partnering with Council and providing $4,825,000 through the NSW Water Security for Regions Program, part of the Restart NSW Fund, resulting in provision of a secure water supply for Willow Tree.

Councillor Hope also welcomed Federal Member for New England, Barnaby Joyce, to the event and thanked him for his ongoing efforts to help find Federal funding to assist with a further roll out of the Liverpool Plains Regional Water Supply Scheme (LPRWSS).

“The Willow Tree pipeline and reservoir is part of LPSC’s long-term vision to drought proof and secure the Shire’s water supply for the future through the LPRWSS. Council is being pro-active to address impending climate change predictions plus providing for future population and industrial growth. There were sceptics a few years ago who scoffed at the scope of the $24 million project yet here we are today, thanks to partnerships with both State and Federal Governments, and we can proudly tick off the safety upgrade and augmentation of Quipolly Dam, the commissioning of the new $380,000 bore and associated pipeline for the Wallabadah supply and this vital project for Willow Tree,” Councillor Hope proudly said.

“I am particularly proud of Council staff who have developed the LPRWSS through community consultation, resulting in a regional concept plan being developed which set clear parameters to include in the design to achieve Council’s long-term objectives in upgrading and strengthening the overall supply. Thanks are also due to LPSC crews who assisted the project and contractor Leed Engineering who carried out their task in a very professional manner,” he continued.

“Looking ahead we’re seeking assistance from State and Federal Governments to build a new water treatment plant and the necessary pipe lines to improve the security and quality of the Werris Creek supply as well as linking the Shire’s major supplies to allow for any contingencies into the future. For example, due to lack of rainfall over its catchment, Quipolly Dam is currently at its lowest level for over ten years requiring Level 2 restrictions in Werris Creek. Completion of the LPRWSS will help overcome this situation,” he said.

“This is an investment in the community’s future. Council has already been recognised for the professional manner in which it has overseen the projects to date and is ready and eager to finish the job,” Councillor Hope concluded.

Willow Tree Water Supply Transfer System Opening Ceremony 1

(Unveiling the plaque) - Michael Johnsen (State Member Upper Hunter), Rod Batterham (LPSC Water Services Manager), Ron Van Katwyk (LPSC General Manager), Councillor Andrew Hope (LPSC Mayor) and Barnaby Joyce (Federal Member for New England).

Willow Tree Water Supply Transfer System Opening Ceremony 2

(Turning the water on) Michael Johnsen (State Member for Upper Hunter), Councillor Andrew Hope (LPSC Mayor), Barnaby Joyce (Federal Member New England), Ron van Katwyk (LPSC General Manager), Councillor Ian Lobsey OAM.

Willow Tree Water Supply Transfer System Opening Ceremony 3

One of Willow Tree’s senior citizens Les Howard with LPSC Mayor Councillor Andrew Hope.

Willow Tree Water Supply Transfer System Opening Ceremony 4

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