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Southern Water Supply Storage

Project: Proposal for a second water storage facility for Eurobodalla in the southern part of the shire.

Start: September 2016

Current Activity: The Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the proposed Eurobodalla Southern Water Supply Storage has been released for a 42-day public exhibition period.

Exhibition Period: Friday 7 September 2018 – Thursday 18 October 2018


Eurobodalla Shire Council is seeking project approval for the Eurobodalla Southern Water Supply Storage under Part 4, Division 4.7 (State Significant Development) (formerly Division 4.1) of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 (EP&A Act).

To support the State Significant Development application to the NSW Department of Planning and Environment, an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the proposed Southern Water Supply Storage (the proposal) has been prepared and released for a public exhibition period. Council invites the community to provide feedback on the proposal.

About the proposed works

The proposed works will be located about 30km south of Moruya, on an unnamed third order ephemeral stream about 950m east of the Tuross River, within the Tuross River catchment. The majority of the works would be located in the Bodalla State Forest. Road access would be via the Princes Highway to Bodalla and then Eurobodalla Road. The works consist of an off-stream water storage facility and associated ancillary facilities. Raw water would be extracted from the Tuross River from a new river intake pump station and an existing borefield for transfer to the new water storage facility.

Water would be pumped from the Tuross River to the proposed water storage facility in accordance with the Water Sharing Plan for the Tuross River Unregulated and Alluvial Water Sources 2016 (Tuross River WSP). The Tuross River WSP sets a maximum amount of water that can be taken from the Tuross River depending on current flow conditions. Water would be stored in the proposed water storage facility to supplement the existing water supply network during periods of drought.

The proposed water storage facility would supplement peak summer demands and provide sufficient water storage to allow the system to provide a secure yield in accordance with State Government guidelines, and comply with the requirements of the Tuross River WSP. This storage facility would ensure ongoing water supply security for the Eurobodalla Shire. As water would be selectively withdrawn from the Tuross River depending on flow conditions, environmental stress on the Tuross River system would be minimised.

Background to the proposal

In 2016, we reviewed the Integrated Water Cycle Management Strategy, taking into account revised forecasts in water demand and the Tuross River WSP. This review confirmed the need for the construction of the proposed water storage facility.

About the Environmental Impact Statement

The EIS provides information on the proposal, including its environmental impacts and mitigation measures. A number of environmental specialist assessments were undertaken during preparation of the EIS to assess the potential impacts of the proposal on the environment and to identify safeguards and management measures to mitigate these impacts.

The outcomes of these assessments are summarised in the EIS. These specialist assessments included:

  • Water resources, hydrology and potential changes to water flow
  • Biodiversity (terrestrial and aquatic ecology)
  • Socio-economic impacts, including land use and property
  • Aboriginal heritage
  • Non-Aboriginal heritage
  • Traffic and transport
  • Noise and vibration
  • Bushfire planning and management
  • Greenhouse gases and climate change
  • Air quality
  • Landscape and visual impacts.

A number of potential environmental impacts from the proposal have been avoided or reduced during the concept design development and options assessment.

This EIS finds the adverse impacts of the proposal would be outweighed by the longer-term environmental benefits. On balance, the proposal is considered justified and the EIS makes the following conclusions:

  • the proposal would not have a significant impact on threatened species, populations or ecological communities or their habitats
  • the proposal would not have a significant impact on matters of national environmental significance or on the environment of Commonwealth land.

Features of the proposal

Key features of the off-stream storage facility include:

  • capacity to hold up to 3,000ML of water
  • a 370m long embankment, 39m in height and a crest width of 20m, located on an unnamed tributary of the Tuross River
  • a spillway to allow the storage facility to safely pass excess water from heavy rainfall events into the Tuross River
  • permanent erosion control structures located downstream of the spillway
  • construction of an inlet to convey and dissipate raw water transferred from the river intake pump station through a pipeline
  • construction of an outlet to allow transfer of water from the storage to the existing water treatment plant (WTP)
  • instrumentation to monitor seepage, reservoir levels and water quality
  • a thermal stratification control system
  • a boat ramp at the water storage facility for maintenance and access for water quality monitoring
  • safety and perimeter fencing at the water storage facility.

Key features of the ancillary facilities include:

  • a new river intake pump station with a total river extraction capacity made up of a combination of flows from the river intake (up to 26ML) and the borefield (up to 6ML)
  • installation of the following water transfer infrastructure:
    • a pipeline with a capacity of 26ML per day to transfer raw water from the new river intake pump station to the storage inlet chute
    • a cross-connection to the proposed water storage inlet pipeline with a capacity of 6ML per day providing connection to supply water from the storage to the balance tank at the existing WTP
    • a pipeline connection from the existing borefield pipeline to the river intake pump station
    • a new storage access road that is about 1km in length and extends from Eurobodalla Road opposite the existing WTP to the new embankment
    • a new access road that is 70m in length and would provide a route for vehicles to access the new river intake pump station.
    • power supply including the construction of new sub-stations located near the storage and the river intake pump station.

Download the Proposal Overview (345kb)

Key features of the proposal are shown in the image below.

Download the Proposal Overview - key infrastructure (112kb)

Community engagement

The EIS will be on display from Friday 7 September until Thursday 18 October 2018.

View the EIS online

The community is encouraged to review the EIS and make written submissions.

Council will continue to engage with the community and the project team will hold a community information session at Eurobodalla Shire Council Chambers, Vulcan Street, Moruya, on Thursday 20 September, 4pm to 8pm.

Hard copies of the EIS will be on display at the following locations:

  • Moruya Library – Vulcan Street, Moruya.
  • Batemans Bay Library – Hanging Rock Place, Batemans Bay.
  • Narooma Library – Field Street, Narooma.
  • Eurobodalla Shire Council administration building, Moruya.

Electronic copies of the EIS are available at a Service NSW Centre located near you


Make a submission online

Send written submissions to:

Director, Social and Other Infrastructure Assessments

Planning Services

Department of Planning and Environment,

GPO Box 39 SYDNEY NSW 2001

You need to include:

  • Your name and address, at the top of the letter only
  • The name of the application and the application number
  • A statement on whether you support or object to the proposal
  • The reasons why you support or object to the proposal
  • A declaration of any reportable political donations made in the previous two years.

NB: If you want the Department to delete your personal information before publication, please make this clear at the top of your letter.

Submissions will be handled in accordance with the DP&E Privacy policy

Latest news

September 2018

May 2018

  • The public exhibition for community feedback closed on Wednesday 16 May 2018. We will consider the feedback received to further refine options if required.
  • Although the public exhibition is now closed, you can view the concept design here:

April 2018

  • To give more time to view the concept designs, Council has extended the public exhibition for community feedback until Wednesday 16 May 2018.

March 2018

August 2017

  • Field investigations for the Environmental Impact Statement have been completed, including flora and fauna studies and a review of heritage issues including items of Indigenous cultural significance. The Environmental Impact Statement is currently underway and a draft version of the report is expected to be completed in November 2017.
  • Geotechnical investigations started in August 2017 to inform the design of the storage and are expected to be completed in November 2017.

December 2016

  • In September 2016 Council appointed SMEC to carry out the Concept Design, Environmental Impact Statement and Detailed Design stages for the Eurobodalla Southern Water Supply Storage project.
  • Environmental Impact Statement field investigations have started.

More information

For more information about the Eurobodalla Southern Water Supply Storage project, please contact the SMEC project team: