The proposed raising of Clarrie Hall Dam is one step closer after Member for Tweed Geoff Provest announced the award of the tender for preparation of the project’s environmental impact statement today.

“This is an important step in assessing the options to provide long-term water security for the Tweed community,” Mr Provest said.

“Raising the dam will augment the water supply to ensure the local community will have access to a safe and secure water supply for many years to come.

“It’s vital that all the necessary planning is done to bring this project forward, and the preparation of the environmental impact statement and the business case is an important step in achieving that.”

Eco Logical Australia Pty Ltd was selected as the successful tenderer at council’s November meeting last Thursday night.

The preparation of the project’s environmental impact statement, including the business case, was awarded $280,000 from the NSW Liberals and Nationals in Government as part of the Safe and Secure Water program, established under the Restart NSW Fund.

Tweed Shire Council is also contributing significant funding to this stage of the project.

Mr Provest said the Safe and Secure Water program was part of the NSW Government’s commitment to investing in essential water infrastructure projects in regional NSW.

“From providing drinking water infrastructure to help reduce the impacts of drought to replacing outdated wastewater plants, this program is about making a real difference to communities in regional NSW,” Mr Provest said.

“Everyone in NSW deserves to have access to clean drinking water and reliable sewerage infrastructure and that’s why we are investing $1 billion in water infrastructure through this program.”