Stuarts Point Sewerage Scheme

Summary

Kempsey Shire Council has been granted $6.63 million in funding to help construct the Stuarts Point Sewerage Scheme under the NSW Government’s Regional Water and Waste Water Backlog Program.

The scheme will have a positive environmental impact, eliminating odours and water quality issues associated with wet weather overflows due to the area’s shallow groundwater tables. 

Many houses in the Stuarts Point-Grassy Head area are about 40 years old and their sewerage systems do not meet today’s requirements for treatment quality and treatment sizing. Construction of a sewerage scheme means these properties will avoid the significant costs of bringing their individual systems up to compliant standards. It is anticipated that the sewerage scheme will improve property values in the area, based on increased land value, development potential and improved social benefits.

The sewerage scheme will help the area cater for visitor populations in caravan parks and allow for additional property development. The scheme is also anticipated to significantly improve capacity and operations for oyster growers in the area.

Timeframe

Council has allocated $5 million in 2021-22 to progress the project. The connection of properties to the sewerage scheme is scheduled to begin in 2023.

Background

Council is committed to delivering a modern wastewater management system to the communities of Stuarts Point, Grassy Head and Fishermans Reach.

Council and its consultants have been conducting a comprehensive options assessment, which has been refined as technical, environmental and cultural constraints have been identified. This process is continuing with a focus on providing the most sustainable sewerage service to benefit and meet the needs of the whole community.

At its December 2018 meeting, Council resolved to pursue the option of constructing a wastewater treatment plant near Stuarts Point, rather than the originally proposed pipe transfer to the South West Rocks plant. 

The resolution enables design and investigation work to progress. Once this work is complete, tenders will be sought for completion of the detailed design and construction work.