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Modernising Ashley's Water Supply

In early October, Moree Plains Shire Council was advised that it had been awarded $11.21 million under the NSW Government’s Regional Water and Waste Water Program to upgrade Moree’s water supply system and provide potable reticulated water to the villages for Ashley and Biniguy, for the very first time.

Project for the Ashley community:

• To construct a drinking water supply for indoor use for the town of Ashley

• Provide adequate flows for firefighting Potable water is currently sourced from rainwater and private bores

Value of the Project: $4.13 million

Level of Funding: 100% project cost

At last week’s Strategic Assets and Works Committee Meeting, the proposed timetable for this Project was presented:


Dec 16-Jun17

Feasibility and concept design (including water source investigation)

Community consultation

  Jul 17-Sept 17 Detailed Design
 PROCUREMENT Jul 17 - Sept 17 Preparation of Tender documentation
  Oct 17 Tender period
  Nov 17 - Dec 17

Assessment of Tenders

Contract Award


Jan 18 - Jul 18


Aug 18



An independent water hydrogeologist has been engaged by Council to undertake the preliminary desktop feasibility investigations to confirm the water source to be used for the drinking water supply to Ashley. The second part of these investigations will be to undertake water bore drilling to determine water quantity and quality.

Once these studies have been completed, Councillors and senior management will meet with community members in Ashley to confirm the viability of the project and the implications for Ashley residents in the supply area.