Construction is now underway to deliver new and improved sewage services for Akolele, on the South Coast.
The $3 million investment by the NSW Government and Eurobodalla Council includes a link to 57 households in Akolele to the Bermagui Sewage Treatment Plant.
Minister for Water, Rose Jackson said Akolele has been relying on ageing infrastructure which needs to be modernised to improve services so the town can continue to grow and thrive.
“The South Coast is a popular location to live and visit and this investment will ensure it has the infrastructure needed to continue to providing safe and reliable wastewater services,” Minister Jackson said.
“Akolele is the only village on the stunning Wallaga Lake without access to modern sewerage services, so getting this work done in the lead up to the busy Christmas period is a top priority.”
“The new sewage scheme in Akolele will mean residents no longer have to depend on private septic tanks which are expensive to maintain.”
Member for Bega Dr Michael Holland said the project was fantastic news for Akolele residents and the many visitors that frequent the area.
“This is a pristine part of the world and the new sewage scheme will help to protect the area from the risks of contamination which can come hand in hand with private septic systems,” Dr Holland said.
“It’s monumental that, we’re giving the village access to modern sewage services for the first time and I know this will be life changing for many residents.”
Eurobodalla Shire Mayor Mathew Hatcher said it’s also great news for the environment in the region.
“We know septic systems will always be part of the mix, particularly in rural areas, but many people don’t have suitable space or soil and they run the risk of tank failure, leading to contamination of environmentally sensitive areas,” Mayor Hatcher said.
“The investment is vital in helping us improve the protection of our beautiful landscape and will deliver up to 10 full time and part time jobs during the build.”
The connecting works are expected to be completed before Christmas.
Images: Google, Rose Jackson, Eurobodalla Shire Council