New South Wales

Goulburn pipeline gets planning approval

THE construction and operation of an 81 kilometre water pipeline to supplement Goulburn's water supply has been approved this week by the NSW Government.

Planning Minister Tony Kelly said the $54 million Highlands Source Project, proposed by Goulburn Mulwaree Council, has been approved after a rigorous assessment.

The pipeline, which will take approximately 18 months to complete, will transfer up to 5 megalitres of water a day from Wingecarribee Reservoir, near Moss Vale, to the Goulburn water supply system at the Rossi Weir rising main.

The pipeline will pass through a number of communities including Glenquarry, Werai, Sutton Forest, Exeter, Paddys River, Marulan, Towrang, Murrays Flats and Goulburn.

Mr Kelly said Goulburn is strategically located in the Sydney-Canberra Corridor and is an important regional centre. He said it is crucial to secure a reliable water supply to service Goulburn's existing and future residents.

A total of 57 conditions have been imposed on the project requiring the proponent to:

Rehabilitate the disturbed land after construction;

Prepare a community information plan to outline communication and consultation with the public construction and operation of the pipeline, in relation to issues such traffic impacts, safety of livestock and noise;

Determine the lowest-risk method of crossing each of the 130 waterways along the pipeline route to minimise erosion, the impact on vegetation and stability of the waterway; and

Prepare statements of significance and statements of heritage impact for state heritage listed Kenmore Psychiatric Hospital and veteran allotments on Wollondilly River at Murrays Flat.

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