The Scone to Murrurundi Pipeline is travelling along well with now 30 kilometres of pipe laid.
The $14.2 million project will see Murrurundi get a water supply sourced from Glenbawn Dam by mid-2020 and will then no longer need to be on level 6 water restrictions which have been in palce for nearly 18 months.
Earthworks have also been completed on the pump station sites in Scone, Wingen and Murrurundi, and the sites at Wingen and Warlands Range where the 450,000 litre tanks will be built.
Construction has started on the Warlands tank and the three pump stations. The pump stations and water tanks will be able to move two megalitres of water a day up and over the range between Scone and Murrurundi.
There have been interruptions to traffic flow while the construction work has been underway with more disruptions to come:
- The pipeline between Scone and Parkville will commence construction at the end of November 2019, which will cause some delays on the New England Highway
- he rail underbore, taking the pipeline under the rail line at Common Road, Scone (near the cemetery), will commence in December and should be completed by Christmas. After that the highway underbore, will put the pipeline under the New England Highway, also at Common Road.
- From Monday 18 November in Abott St, Wingen, there will be an additional two week program of test-pitting searching for Aboriginal artefacts, as required by NSW Office of Environment and Heritage.
Upper Hunter Shire Council has started planning for water reticulation systems in Blandford, Wingen and Parkville and the successful tenderer for the design and costings will be announced this year. In 2020 Council will be consulting with residents in each of the villages in regard to what areas will access the new reticulated water systems.
The pipeline project has had over $13 million in funding provided by the NSW Government’s Restart NSW Water Security for Regions program. The remainder of the project funding is provided by Council.
Council is separately applying for funding for the Middlebrook and Gundy water supplies.
Upper Hunter MP Michael Johnsen said the pipeline and village connections are part of the NSW Government’s ongoing commitment to water infrastructure for regional communities, through the Water Security for Regions program and the new $1 billion Safe and Secure Water program.
Upper Hunter Shire Mayor Wayne Bedggood thanked the 30 land owners who have allowed access to their properties to put in the pipeline.
“Many landowners have let us know how pleased they are with the remediation work done on their land. Also, a number of unsealed roads are in better condition after the pipeline work than they were before.”
Image credit: Upper Hunter Shire Council