Improved infrastructure for Ballina’s water and wastewater

Water News

Ballina Shire Council recently upgraded ageing infrastructure on Cabbage Tree Island to ensure local water and wastewater assets continue to run smoothly.

Included in this program of upgrades, undertaken on behalf of Jali Local Aboriginal Land Council (LALC), was the completion of an upgrade to the Cabbage Tree Island sewage pump stations in May 2016.

Ballina Shire Council’s Manager, Water and Wastewater, Tim Mackney, said the upgrade had been made possible under an agreement with the NSW government and Jali LALC in Ballina.

“Council has upgraded and replaced the two pump stations at Cabbage Tree Island and will continue to maintain and service the pump stations under an agreement with the NSW Government,” Mr Mackney said.

“The upgraded pump stations will benefit the Cabbage Tree Island Aboriginal community.”

Funding for the upgrade was made available from the Aboriginal Communities Water and Sewerage Program – a 25-year $200 million joint investment by the NSW Government and the NSW Aboriginal Land Council to improve water and sewerage systems in Aboriginal communities.

“It’s a credit to teams of workers across Council that the upgrade was completed on time and within budget to provide a high quality and cost effective solution for the local community,” Mr Mackney said.

“Our concreting crews, workshop, electricians and wastewater crews have worked together over several months; firstly manufacturing equipment and fittings, and then transporting, constructing and installing on site.

“The agreement provides improvements to the ageing infrastructure owned by Jali LALC while ensuring Council is reimbursed for carrying out those works.”

For more information about Council’s water and wastewater please visit Ballina Shire Council’s water website at or for treatment plant tour enquiries contact the Communications Officer on (02) 6686 4444.

For more information about the Aboriginal Communities Water and Sewerage Program please contact the NSW Department of Primary Industries on (02) 9842 8487 or the NSW Aboriginal Land Council on (02) 9689 4444.