Charles Street Water Tower almost complete

Site Supervisor Darren Stewart and Steve Hodson on site at the water tower construction. Photo Noel Fisher

One of the last pieces of the ‘Drought Proofing of Bourke’ project is approaching completion with the new water reservoir in Charles Street on track for operation by October 2022.

Replacing the existing structure, which ruptured in 2018 and then temporarily repaired, this new structure is expected to last many years into the future.

Following the rupture, a condition report was completed for Bourke Shire Council by Public Works Advisory (PWA).

This report advised that the tower needed urgent replacement.

Following the inviting of tenders, the available funds to undertake the project were insufficient with council making urgent representations to then NSW Water Minister, Melinda Pavey for additional funding to replace the deteriorating water tower.

A further $520,000 was provided by the NSW Government whose contribution to the $2.7m project now totalled $1,870,000. Funding was also provided by the Aboriginal Communities Program ($250,000) and Bourke Shire Council ($606,000).

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Looking from inside the Charles St Water Tower under construction. Photo Noel Fisher