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Water supplies - Nabiac Inland Dune Aquifer Water Supply System

The $34 million Nabiac inland dune aquifer water supply system project has been a long term goal for MidCoast Water, with designs already completed and work underway on preliminary construction activites on the site.

A Federal funding package of $9.4 million, announced in May 2015 has been a welcome boost for the project. The funding was allocated as part of the Federal Government's $1 billion National Stronger Regions Fund.

The Nabiac project will provide the community with several significant advantages, including a diversity of supply in the event of problems with the Manning water supply, additional capacity, lower pumping costs to Forster and Tuncurry. It will also reduce the demand on Bootawa Dam Water Treatment Plant.

The borefield is located, approximately 5km south-east of the Nabiac township. The plant will treat water extracted from the Nabiac aquifer at a maximum rate of 10 million litres per day.

The Nabiac system will help to reduce the volume of water extracted from the Manning River, which will be subject to stricter environmental flow rules in the near future.

The land the project is being developed on was the subject of an historic land partnership between MidCoast Water and the Forster Local Aboriginal Land Council.

MidCoast Water purchased 1600 hectares of the Forster Local Aboriginal Land Council land to be able to progress the project.

The land, was previously sandmined Crown land was was returned to the Aboriginal community as part of successful Aboriginal land claims by the Forster Local Aboriginal Land Council in the 1990s.

A significant part of the negotiated land dealing saw MidCoast Water bestow a perpetual right of cultural access to members of  the land council.

When will construction start?

Construction of lead-in works, such as electricity and water services, is underway.

Four companies have been selected to be eligible to tender for the construction of the Nabiac water treatment plant. These companies are:

  • Abergedlie Contractors Pty Ltd
  • Guidera O'Connor Pty Ltd
  • Leed Engineering and Construction Pty Ltd
  • Stiloch Construction Pty Ltd

Tenders have been called for the project, with a closing date of November 29, 2016 and the tender awarded by the end of the year.

For more information

Contact Nabiac Dune Aquifer Water Supply Project Manager Mitchell Stace on 0427 947 705.