O'Farrell delays sewerage connections for 6,000 residents in south western Sydney


Some 6,000 residents living on the outskirts of south western Sydney are facing even longer delays for their sewerage connections – because the O'Farrell Government has broken its election promise to deliver priority sewerage connections for Bargo and Buxton by 2013/14.

The NSW Labor Opposition today revealed during budget estimates that the O'Farrell Government has pushed back sewerage connections for residents living in Bargo and Buxton to at least 2015 – despite promising to complete the connections by 2013/14.

This follows the government delaying the promised sewerage connections for the residents of Wilton, Douglas Park and Yanderra last year.

"Prior to the election, Barry O’Farrell promised to fast track the connection of Bargo, Buxton, Wilton, Douglas Park and Yanderra households to the sewerage network," Shadow Water Minister, Luke Foley said.

 "Now, it has been revealed the O'Farrell Government is reneging on its promise and delaying sewerage connections for residents.

 "There are now five communities that have had their sewerage connections pushed back because of the O'Farrell Government's broken promise."

The O'Farrell Government's broken promises on the Priority Sewerage Program:


Suburb:  Election promise completion date: Budget papers completion date:
Bargo 2013/14 2015
Buxton 2013/14 2015
Wilton 2012/13 2015
Douglas Park 2012/13 2015
Yanderra 2014/15 Postponed indefinitely

*Source: 2012/13 Budget Paper 4, p5-11. 

"This decision will force families in south west Sydney to wait even longer for something most households take for granted," Mr Foley said.

"This is a kick in the guts for families that have already been forced to wait far too long to be connected to the sewerage network.

"Barry O'Farrell promised to make life easier and cheaper for mums and dads in Sydney's south west by fast tracking sewerage connections.

"Now we know these families will be forced to wait even longer for sewerage connections under the O'Farrell Government."