The first patch of soil has been officially dug for the new Robertson sewerage scheme.
The ‘first sod’ – dug by AJ Lucas local sub-contractor About Time Plumbing from Moss Vale – was formally turned today on public land at the back of Shackleton Street in the north eastern area of the village.
The event signalled the start of work around Shackleton Street with additional work crews also due to start this week in other areas of the village.
Wingecarribee Shire Council General Manager Jason Gordon said he was pleased that construction had now begun.
“Extensive planning and liaison has gone into this project and many people will be pleased that construction is now underway,” he said.
“Many residents and businesses in the village are looking forward to the new scheme being in place and we can assure them that construction is now a reality.”
AJ Lucas Project Director Alan Massoud added: “The new sewerage scheme in Robertson is well and truly on the way.
“We are keen to be getting underway and delivering this project for the benefit of the community and the local environment.
“We will also work hard to ensure people are kept informed throughout the process. Public safety and effective traffic management controls will also be important.
“As with any infrastructure project there will inevitably be some temporary inconveniences during the construction process. However we will work with local residents and businesses to minimize these impacts wherever possible.
“At the same time we do ask for people to be patient and understanding as we work along the pipe network throughout the village.”
The new sewerage scheme in Robertson will take about 10 months to complete. This involves laying about 25km of underground pipelines through the village, building a new pump station and sewerage treatment plant, constructing a new 14.7km transfer pipe to Glenquarry, and building a new storage area and irrigation area and overflow pipe to release the highly treated reclaimed water to Wingecarribee River during high rainfall periods.
The sewage will be highly treated using modern, state-of-the-art techniques and will mean Robertson residents will no longer need to manage their own on-site systems.