The Aboriginal Communities Water and Sewerage Program aims to improve water supply and sewerage services in eligible Aboriginal communities in New South Wales. This program, which began in July 2008, is a joint initiative of the NSW Government and the NSW Aboriginal Land Council and is managed by the NSW Office of Water.
Together, the NSW Government and the Land Council are investing more than $200 million over a 25 year period to provide funding for the maintenance, operation and repair of water supply and sewerage systems in 61 eligible Aboriginal communities. The program aims to raise the standard of service by engaging local water utilities with expertise and experience in the management of water supply and sewerage systems to take responsibility for the day-to-day operation and maintenance activities.
Consultation is arranged between the local Aboriginal community, the local water utility, the Office of Water and other interested stakeholders to examine the existing infrastructure and services and discuss what actions need to be taken to improve the service levels to the standard expected in the wider community.
Media release 7 June 2012 NSW Aboriginal Communities Water and Sewerage Program wins twice at NSW Aboriginal Health Awards (PDF 118 KB)