The Department of Defence has made a $7.5 million contribution to the Williamtown Wastewater Transfer Scheme, managed by the Hunter Water Corporation.
Parliamentary Secretary for Defence, Senator David Feeney, said the contribution will enable RAAF Base Williamtown to be connected to Hunter Water’s sewerage system.
“This means Defence will be able to decommission the existing base sewerage treatment plant and associated settling and overflow ponds, which are located on land close to Newcastle Airport,” Senator Feeney said.
The existing sewage treatment plant is aged and requires increasing maintenance.
“Decommissioning the plant at RAAF Base Williamtown shows we have listened to community concerns and it will also save taxpayer money,” he said.
Pending completion of the Williamtown Wastewater Transfer Scheme by the Hunter Water Corporation in late 2013, Defence intends to have RAAF Base Williamtown connected to the sewerage system and the existing base sewage treatment plant decommissioned by mid-2014.
Office of Senator Feeney: Jeffrey Von Drehnen 0477 348 476
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