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.