A proposal by Orange City Council to install new water and sewer pipelines, connecting Lake Canobolas with Orange has been assessed as part of the process of gaining planning approval. The Review of Environment Factors (REF) is now on exhibition for community comment.
The pipeline project includes construction and operation of new water and sewer mains running roughly east from a new sewage pump station within the Lake Canobolas Reserve, ending near the intersection of Canobolas Road with Racecourse and Pinnacle Road, on the south-western outskirts of Orange.
The project, to upgrade existing water and sewer infrastructure is proposed to provide a broad range of health and environmental benefits to the community.
These include an upgrade to the existing water main and the provision of new connections to all existing customers, which will deliver better quality water, improve residual water pressure and offers improved social and health benefits for the community.
A new sewer main will also be installed, providing an opportunity to remove existing onsite sewage management systems (septic tanks) around the Lake Canobolas Reserve and Scout Camp areas. It’s expected this will improve waterway health and reduce potential issues associated with downstream water catchments, including potential for seepage into Cabonne Council’s Molong Creek Dam reservoir.
The REF outlines the scope of the project and examines the range of environmental issues associated with the project.
The REF finds that : “The proposed pipeline installation is anticipated to have positive long-term socio-economic benefits for the local community, by giving residents access to reticulated sewerage and water, which are generally the most effective method for removing and treating waste in an urban area. Given the nature, scale and extent of impacts, and assuming strict implementation of the Environmental Safeguards outlined in this REF, the Proposal is unlikely to have a significant adverse impact on the environment.”
The Review of Environmental Factors can be downloaded here.
The REF document may also be inspected at the Customer Service Counter of the Civic Centre (ground floor), Byng Street, Orange during normal office hours. Any person may, during the exhibition period, make written submission on the REF to Council.
Submissions close at 5.00 pm on Tuesday, 25 January 2022. If you wish to make a submission, please quote “F3461 – REF – Lake Canobolas Reticulation Project” in your correspondence. If your submission includes objections to the proposal, the grounds of objection must be specified.
All submissions will be evaluated and reported to Council following the exhibition period. When available, both the report and submissions may be viewed by any other persons with an interest in the REF.
General information about making a submission can be found here.
Submissions can be emailed to [email protected] or posted to:
- Chief Executive Officer
- Orange City Council
- PO Box 35
- ORANGE NSW 2800