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Wyangala Sewerage Scheme transfer gets go-ahead from Council

Current construction of the long-planned Wyangala Sewerage Scheme by the Department of Primary Industries (DPI) — Water will incur no added costs to ratepayers upon its transfer to Cowra Council, Cowra Mayor, Councillor Bill West said.

Cowra Council recently came to an agreement with DPI — Water on shared running costs of the system over 30 years after lengthy negotiation concerning the long-term project.

"Construction of the sewerage system was started earlier this year by DPI — Water contractors with the completed infrastructure to then be transferred to Council," Cr West explained. For more information click here.

Council works in Argoon St/ Baronga St

Cowra Council is continuing drainage and embankment stabilisation work in Argoon and Baronga Sts.

The work is aimed at controlling storm-water run-off and erosion of the embankment at the old Cowra-Eugowra Railway line in conjunction with the removal of the Railway Bridge at this location.

Council is also constructing a shared path for pedestrians and cyclists at this juncture after the recent completion of the new road link between Brisbane Street and Brisbane Ave.

Removal of the old Railway overpass bridge starts on Monday, June 19 by contractors for the John Holland group who are responsible for Country Rail infrastructure in NSW.

Once the bridge is removed, John Holland will also be carrying-out erosion protection work to stabilise the embankment.

Mayor welcomes surprise Government back-down on emergency levy

Recent State Government back-down on introduction of a Council-collected emergency levy for all land-owners in NSW has been welcomed by Cowra Mayor, Councillor Bill West.

The levy was shelved indefinitely following concerns that it represented a disproportionate economic penalty on ratepayers as well as an administration burden on local government.

The new levy was to replace an annual insurance-industry impost added to private house, property, and business insurance in NSW.

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