Premier Gladys Berejiklian joined Member for Oxley, Melinda Pavey in Kempsey today to announce $8.7 million in NSW funding for the consolidation of three old treatments plants into one new wastewater treatment plant to serve 20,000 people.

Ms Berejiklian said Kempsey is going through a period of sustained growth and the new wastewater treatment plant will enable the local council to meet the increasing demand.

“The new plant will serve the next generation of this important NSW regional community,” Ms Berejiklian said.

“By improving essential infrastructure, the NSW Government is helping the town to grow and continue to be an attractive place to live, work and visit.”

Member for Oxley, Melinda Pavey said this project was very timely and recognised the high priority need for the community.

“We know residents and businesses need this infrastructure to build for future development in the town,” Ms Pavey said.

“The existing West Kempsey plant has served the community since 1939, but a single new plant will ensure a high standard of public health and deliver vital environmental outcomes.”

Kempsey Shire Council has advised that the detailed design is complete.

Minister for Regional Water, Niall Blair said this project is one of many that the Liberal & National Coalition Government is delivering for NSW communities.

“This is one of many projects under the Government’s $1 billion Restart NSW – Safe and Secure Water Program and once again, demonstrates our commitment to ensuring our regional communities have the best wastewater and water services available.”