Major infrastructure investment for Jindabyne successfully secured

Landscape view of the current (2024) Jindabyne Water Treatment Plant.

Council welcomes today’s announcement from the NSW Government that the Snowy Mountains Special Activation Precinct (SAP) funding will prioritise once-in-a-generation upgrades to Jindabyne’s water and wastewater infrastructure, with this investment addressing a decades-long issue and unlocking the town’s full potential.

Speaking after news of the announcement this afternoon, Mayor Chris Hanna commended the Government’s decision to address this urgent need as a priority under the SAP.

‘Council strongly advocated for this for infrastructure upgrade and is pleased that the Government has heard us and taken action,’ said Mayor Hanna.

‘With these major improvements to Jindabyne’s water treatment plant and wastewater treatment capacity secured, the NSW Government has removed the biggest hurdle to realising the SAP’s grand vision for the wider region.’

While the SAP has been years in the making, it has been increasingly clear that the long term opportunities it seeks to create could never be realised without addressing the current water and wastewater constraints.

‘We are incredibly grateful for the NSW Government’s commitment, and the commitment of Minister for Regional NSW Tara Moriarty for her ongoing support of the Snowy SAP. We also acknowledge our local MP Steve Whan, with whom we have been working closely throughout this project,’ said Mayor Hanna.

‘For years, our community has grappled with boil water alerts and limitations at the existing plants. This investment will address these current issues, safeguarding public health and paving the way for Jindabyne’s growth and increased year-round tourism.’

The upgrades announced today will completely transform Jindabyne’s water infrastructure. A brand new water treatment facility will be built, while an expanded wastewater plant will support the future development and tourism growth long envisioned under the SAP.

This investment is a win for the entire community. Reliable access to clean water protects public health, while improved wastewater capacity paves the way for new businesses, housing, and tourism opportunities.

Council looks forward to our continued collaboration with the NSW Government, as we work to deliver these critical upgrades efficiently and effectively.

‘This is not a quick fix, but it is a certain one – and a big vote of confidence by the Government in the future of Jindabyne and the future our region,’ said Mayor Hanna.

‘Today’s announcement also included new information about the SAP’s long-term plans for the Lake Jindabyne foreshore, and we will be working closely with the NSW Government and SAP team to make these a reality over the coming years.’

Now backed by this fully-funded investment to secure modern water and wastewater infrastructure, Jindabyne can confidently embrace its future as a major regional economic driver and iconic year-round tourism destination.

Landscape view of the current (2024) Jindabyne Water Treatment Plant.

Current Jindabyne Water Treatment Plant, 2024.

A view looking over Jindabyne Sewage Treatment Plant (STP) from above in2024

Current Jindabyne Sewage Treatment Plant (STP), 2024.

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