The South Australian Government has co-signed a $47 million funding agreement to give more of the state’s regional communities access to the new Community Wastewater Management Systems (CWMS).
SA Minister for Local Government, Geoff Brock, and Local Government Association (LGA) President, Lorraine Rosenberg, co-signed a partnership agreement, which commits $4 million of State Government funds indexed annually to the program.
The CWMS program supports councils to build modern wastewater treatment systems that address critical public health and environmental needs, and provide the necessary infrastructure for those communities to pursue economic development opportunities.
The funding allows councils to deliver the service at a cost equivalent to that which SA Water users pay.
“The CWMS Program has been an outstanding success. It has provided much-needed infrastructure across regional South Australia, bringing country services in line with their metropolitan counterparts,” Mr Brock said.
“The State Government knows that there is a continuing need for modern wastewater systems in regional towns, so I am pleased to have signed this agreement.”
This ongoing commitment over the next decade will allow even more regional councils to install modern wastewater management facilities in their towns.
Local Government currently operates 172 Community Wastewater Management Systems in 45 councils and authorities across the state.