The Stage 2 upgrade to the Boulder Bay Wastewater Treatment works (WWTW) has been completed. The $25.5 million dollar upgrade has increased the number of people the plant is capable of servicing from 45,000 people to 58,300 people. This will enable the WWTW to manage the increase in flows that occur at the plant during the peak holiday periods.
The upgrade to the Boulder Bay WWTW was officially opened by The Hon. Greg Pearce, NSW Minister for Finance & Services on Friday 4 November 2011. Minister Pearce was extremely impressed by the timeliness and quality of the delivery of this significant piece of community infrastructure. Member for Port Stephens Craig Baumann was also in attendance at the opening and said the Boulder Bay WWTW is now equipped to service the current and future residents and visitors to Port Stephens during tourism peak periods.
Whilst the Stage 2 upgrade will support growth in the area, including tourism peaks, until at least 2017 planning will continue on the development of the Stage 3 upgrade strategy. The Stage 3 upgrade will provide the longer-term sustainable strategy for the plant, and will increase the plant capacity to approximately 72,000 people to provide growth on the Tomaree Peninsula to 2030.
Hunter Water will seek further input from the community and key stakeholders before making a decision on the Stage 3 strategy.