“It is with much pleasure as Mayor of this wonderful Shire that I’m able to say to the world that we have found water in Tenterfield. Council started the process of planning for this moment well before Christmas 2018. We’ve been through many, many challenges and even more frustrations along the way, but we got there,” said a joyous Peter Petty, Mayor of Tenterfield Shire Council.
“I’d like to thank the community for their resilience, patience and diligence in working with council to conserve water over the last twelve months. We still have a way to go in piping the new water to the dam, so water restrictions will remain in place. But we’ll review restrictions after the work is finished. I’m sure my fellow Councillors will join me in shouting wide and far the message that we’re open for business.”
An equally jubilant, Chief Executive Terry Dodds, “In the last 24 hours during testing we’ve seen 13 litres per second flow from a bore behind the Transport Museum. Initial observations show that the production rate will be about 10 litres second. Best of all the source isn’t far from the dam where it will be pumped. This is fantastic news for our community, our economy, and visitors alike.”
Anticipating success council has already commenced purchasing the necessary equipment such as pumps, pipes and the electronic controls that will pump to the dam.
“As Mayor, I’d like to thank the Hon. Melinda Pavey MP, Minister for Water, Property and Housing, and her dedicated staff, in particular Mr Tom Chesson, for their help. With support from the Hon. Janelle Saffin MP, Melinda pushed through amendments to the Water Management (General) Regulation 2018 in August that allowed us to cut through months and months of red tape. I’d also like to thank the Cross Border Commissioner and Regional Towns Water Supply Coordinator, Mr James McTavish, who has stuck with us the whole way. Many government agencies have helped, but I should give a special mention to the staff of Natural Resources Access Regulator at Dubbo and the Department of Industry – Water, at Coffs Harbour. I’d also like to thank all council staff who’ve worked tirelessly to achieve this wonderful result.”