WaterNSW has met with members of the Wyangala community as it continues consultation with stakeholders regarding the raising of the Wyangala dam wall.
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In the meeting attended by Wyangala Village residents, farmers, holiday park patrons and local community members, WaterNSW provided information on the project timeline and an overview of the early works program.
The early works include the re-location of several Reflections Holiday Park sites, road re-alignment, establishment of the construction site and work to improve the quality of drinking water for the Wyangala Village and holiday park.
Abiding by a strict COVID-19 plan, those who attended were positive about the opportunities for local jobs, increased numbers in the schools and the use of housing in the Wyangala village.
WaterNSW spokesman David Hogan said the meeting was constructive for all involved.
"We would like to acknowledge the outstanding support of Cowra Shire Council in working with us to progress planning and local approvals for the early works and options around the drinking water supply solutions," he said.
"We were very happy to have such a constructive meeting between WaterNSW and Wyangala community members.
"While the current pandemic has forced us to change our normal community consultation process we have been able to find effective solutions to ensure the local community is kept up to date with the important details of the project whilst also having an opportunity to raise any questions or concerns."
Mr Hogan said with the ongoing COVID situation future consultations with stakeholders would beheld in a similar manner.
"As long as COVID restrictions remain the same we will be holding similar small and local sessions for the communities of Reids Flat, Bigga, Darby's Falls and Woodstock as well as some online webinars in the near future," he said.
"While we finalise dates for these sessions, we encourage residents in these communities who are interested in attending to contact us via the community information line 1800 735 822 or by email at email@example.com and register their interest."
Wyangala Dam Wall Raising is estimated to increase storage by up to 53 per cent by creating capacity for an additional 650 gigalitres.
The project will involve raising the dam wall by around 10 metres, with the exact height and new full supply level to be confirmed as further detailed investigations, technical assessments and site inspections are completed.
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