Construction starts on $3.5 million wastewater pipeline in North Avoca
28-06-2012 10:30 AM
Gosford City Council this week started construction of a $3.5 million pipeline in North Avoca as part of a key project to improve the major wastewater system servicing some of the region’s most popular coastal suburbs.
The new pipeline is an important part of the $30 million Coastal Carrier System Upgrade Project which will improve the performance, reliability and capacity of the major wastewater transfer system servicing Forresters Beach, Terrigal, North Avoca, Avoca and Kincumber.
Council’s Director of Water and Sewer Rod Williams said the works are a significant investment to boost the operation of a vital part of the region’s 1500 kilometre wastewater transfer network.
“This project will make sure we can continue to protect the community and environment against overflows and odours,” Mr Williams said.
“Work in North Avoca will involve building a new pipeline around 1.3 kilometres long from Palm Gully Park down Surf Rider Avenue, Mary Elizabeth Crescent and along the rear of properties on Tramway Road and Lake Street around the foreshore of Avoca Lagoon.
“At this stage, construction of the new pipeline is expected to take around five months.
“By building this pipeline, along with others in Avoca and Kincumber, and upgrading four pump stations as part of the project we’ll also be in a better position to cater for extra demand as the population grows.”
Mr Williams also assured the local community that extensive measures will be in place during the works to protect and minimise any impacts on the public and sensitive environmental areas around Avoca Lagoon.
“An Environmental Impact Statement has been prepared and approved as part of the work’s Development Application,” Mr Williams added.
“The removal of a number of trees to ensure the safe and effective construction of the pipeline and the protection of the Green and Golden Bell Frog and its habitat near the lagoon forms a major part of the Environmental Impact Statement.
“We have developed a detailed Environmental Management Plan for all council officers and contractors to adhere to and an expert arborist and ecologist have been engaged to supervise the works.
“Plus, a Rehabilitation and Revegetation Plan has been prepared to make sure any tree that is removed is replaced with at least another two trees.
“A dewatering system will be in operation around the clock during the works to also allow the safe and effective construction of the pipeline.
“We will make every effort to minimise any disruptions to the community and I would like to take this opportunity to thank residents for their patience and cooperation while this upgrade is completed.”
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